The Lynchburg Foundry Company once employed thousands of workers in Central Virginia. The closing of the Archer Creek Foundry on Mount Athos Road - the company's last operating arm - in December 2009, marked the end point of a 113-year history that dates to the founding of the Lynchburg Plow Company in 1896. Through the years, its workers at the Lower Basin factory produced pipes for the Panama Canal and made castings for machinery used in the Manhattan Project's Oak Ridge, Tennessee facility in the creation of the atomic bomb. The Archer Creek plant, built in the 1970s, eventually focused exclusively on automobile products. Its closure was a blow to those who worked there. Said one retired worker to The News & Advance: "There were two entities there: There was the Archer Creek Foundry, and there was the Archer Creek family ... They've been together so long."
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