Neenah Foundry

Neenah Foundry is a manufacturing company in the north central United States, based in Neenah, Wisconsin. The company manufactures cast iron manhole covers, gratings, and similar items for municipal and construction applications. Neenah Enterprises, Inc. manufactures iron castings for the heavy truck, agriculture, construction, and related markets.

Neenah Foundry
Founded1872, 150 years ago
Headquarters2121 Brooks Avenue
Neenah, Wisconsin, U.S.
ProductsIndustrial iron castings (manhole covers, gratings, bollards, etc.)
Cast metal storm drain grate
with Neenah Foundry marking


Neenah Foundry was established 150 years ago in 1872 by William Aylward, Sr., as Aylward Plow Works.[1] The name was changed to Aylward and Sons in 1904 and to Neenah Foundry Co. in 1922.[1] In 2003, the company filed for bankruptcy.[2] In 2010, the foundry's parent company again filed for and emerged from bankruptcy.[3]

A major customer over the years is the city of Chicago,[4] and Neenah Foundry manholes and other products can be found in all 50 US states and 17 foreign cities.[5]

See alsoEdit

East Jordan Iron Works


  1. ^ a b "History". Neenah Foundry. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  2. ^ Foundry Products: Competitive Conditions in the U.S. Market. Investigation No. 332-460; USITC Publication No. 3771. Washington, D.C.: United States International Trade Commission. 2005. pp. 3–8. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  3. ^ "Neenah Foundry owner emerges from bankruptcy". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  4. ^ Bubala, Matt (June 14, 2016). "Chicago's manhole covers have been made at same foundry since at least 1920". WGN. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Nyman, Shane (6 Sep 2018). "Manhole Cover Madness: What to expect at Neenah's newest celebration". Appleton Post Crescent. Retrieved 7 January 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Keating, James (2010). A Tale of Two Foundries, 1872–1940 and 1918–1997. Neenah, WI: Fox Valley Media Group Publishing Division. ISBN 978-0-615-39509-8. OCLC 728136078.

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Coordinates: 44°09′43″N 88°28′37″W / 44.162°N 88.477°W / 44.162; -88.477