Eighty-five tons of brake rotors and scrap iron move through the Vermont Castings Foundry in Randolph, Vt., each day. It is melted, molded, drilled and ground into the parts that become wood stoves at the company's assembly plant in Bethel, Vt.
Though it was founded in 1975, the company built its foundry in 1979. "I can remember being in high school and seeing people come out of here and saying, 'I'm never going to work there.' It grows on you," said Joe Beauchemin who has worked his way through the ranks in the foundry for over 28 years and now supervises the melt and mold departments.
The work's physical demands and the extreme temperatures in parts of the foundry are daunting to some, but long-term employees like Beauchemin have made it their lives and project a sense of pride into their product.