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History

  • 1906 Donsco was founded in Wrightsville, PA on the banks of the Susquehanna River with what becomes known as the Riverside Foundry.
    • Initial investment: $4,500
    • Founder: H. K. Smith
    • Equipment: Homemade cupola with steam
    • Engine: Steam
    • Number of employees: 22
    • Daily pour: 2 to 3 tons
    • Products: Hardware locks, pulleys, hinges
  • 1925 First generation sales peak at $117,000.
  • 1935 Great Depression sales plummet to $17,000, threatening to close the company.
  • 1936 Founder’s son, Don Smith, institutes a lifelong strategy of investing in the latest technology; replacing the original steam engine with electric motors, and converting gated patterns to aluminum matchplates.
  • 1954 Shop floor is mechanized with overhead sand and continuous molding.
  • 1964 Donsco purchases the third Hunter automatic molding machine ever built.
  • 1966 Art Mann Sr. joins the company with vision of leading Donsco to become a major producer of engineered castings.
  • 1968 Donsco purchases Gray Iron Casting Co., in Mount Joy, PA
  • 1971 Five-year plan instituted to build a new foundry over the old Riverside plant, to include a holding furnace, a new cupola and scrubber system, and new Disamatic molding machines.
  • 1973 Donsco incorporates.
  • 1979 New foundry built in Mount Joy, PA.
  • 1985 Donsco purchases its first CNC horizontal machining center.
  • 1993 Donsco acquires a gray and ductile iron foundry in Belleville, PA.
  • 2000 Donsco removes cupola at the Wrightsville foundry and converts to electric melt.
  • 2002 Art Mann Jr. takes the reins from his father to lead Donsco into the new millennium.