West Foundry - 1966
annual report for 1965. The foundry was named for Thomas H. West, who had
been president of the company, and had retired on April 1, 1965.. The foundry had
numerous problems and never worked out as well as had been expected. The 1973
oil crisis, during which oil prices rose dramatically, and as a result, the cost of
electricity went up significantly, could have been a factor in leading to the end of
the all-electric foundry. In 1967, Draper Corporation was absorbed by Rockwell
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In 1964 Draper Corporation continued to place heavy emphasis on modernization
and expansion of manufacturing facilities. A new 70,000 square foot foundry, now
under construction in Hopedale, is expected to be in full production in 1965.*
This foundry installation featuring automatic high pressure molding and electric
furnaces will enable Draper to increase production of high quality castings. Machine
shop facilities have been up-dated by the installation of general, single purpose and
tape controlled machinery.
In addition, a cost-reducing program has resulted in the design of new machines and
the modification of existing equipment. New techniques, the result of our dynamic
technological age, will continue to be incorporated in all Draper manufacturing
processes. Draper Corporation 1964 Annual Report.
* The 1965 annual report stated , "This unit will be in limited operation in the second
quarter of 1966."
was the year Hopedale left Milford and became an independent town,
but that would have nothing to do with the foundry. Also, the Draper
companies had a foundry well before that date. At any rate, I think it's
accurate to say that for all practical purposes, the closing of the
foundry marked the end of Drapers in Hopedale. It wouldn't be until
August 1980 that a Milford News headline read, "Last Worker
Leaves," but I think most of the final years mainly amounted to
removing machinery and sending it to the Draper plant in
Spartanburg, SC, or otherwise disposing of it.
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