Sites & Monuments Record
|Broomhill Road, Bonnybridge||NS 824 800|
John Longbotham set up a foundry in a building belonging to the Roughcastle Brickwork, melting in a 5cwt crucible in an oil-fired tilting furnace. It produced a grade of grey iron and aluminium. J Roughead, patternmaker, was the partner. When the ground on which the building stood was required for an opencast coal operation new premises were sought. A building on Broomhill Road was taken over from Smith & Wellstood and a crane installed, enabling heavier castings to be produced.
1984: “Jobbing foundry producing grey iron up to Grade 300 (20), also SG iron. Max. wt. 250kg. Aluminium also cast. General range of engineering castings. Employment range 1-15.” John Longbotham retired.
1998: With the closure of the Dunipace Foundry some of the jobs and equipment came here. However, later that year the foundry at Bonnybridge closed.