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According to the companys website McConway Torley has been the largest conventional coupler supplier in the world of rotary coupler systems for railcars The foundry also produces coupler parts yokes and followers knuckles strikers drawbars center plates and container supports and master lock door parts for railcar builders and operators

McConway & Torley Plant Set to Close

March 18, 2013
In operation over 140 years WARN notice filed, plant to close May 5 Pittsburgh foundry unaffected

McConway & Torley LLC will close its Kutztown, PA, foundry for good on May 5, according to a notice filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, in compliance with the federal Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act. Up to 130 workers will be idled by the closing, according to a local report.

The steel foundry describes itself as the world’s largest supplier of conventional railroad couplings, and indicates it has supplied approximately 65% of North America’s requirements for railroad couplers and yokes.

A spokeswoman for Trinity Industries Inc., which owns McConway & Torley, said the plant closing is due to a decrease in demand for its products, according to a local report. The company has not issued any other comment on its decision.

McConway & Torley produces railroad couplers, yokes, knuckles, locks, and other products for the rail industry, at foundries in Kutztown and Pittsburgh, PA.

There is no indication of any changes at the Pittsburgh foundry.

The company has been owned by Dallas-based Trinity Industries since 1980, but the Kutztown plant has been in operation since 1869.

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Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)