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Letter: Golden Foundry made difference in community

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From: Larry Clark


The former Golden Foundry has been mentioned several times about causing pollution. That said, let’s look at how it contributed in several positive ways:

1. Provided jobs to hundreds of people to help feed their families.

2. Contributed money to many nonprofits.

3. Paid its taxes.

4. Manufactured hundreds of thousands of cast iron castings for Cummins, Reeves, Lewellen and other companies. These companies used these castings to manufacture their products for the welfare of our society.

Yes, I know about pollution, as my wife and I lived at one time within a few feet of the foundry. Yes, I worked at the foundry for several years and know the owners spent tens of thousands of dollars on pollution control equipment. This equipment helped reduce pollution that met or exceeded EPA standards. The owners did this for the community rather than spend the money on themselves.

We could use more people today like Walter Golden, the Essexes and others who worked at Golden who were hard-working and honest and who had integrity and high morality.

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