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The History of Alpha Foundry Company

Construction of a new plant was completed in November of 1958 at 97 Ford Lane in Hazelwood, Missouri. The business incorporated on August 1, l960, with Robert H. Barron as president and general manager. Mr. Barron patented the Alpha Process of shell face coremaking and has made it possible for the business to provide quality castings at competitive prices. In 1972, Mr. Barron's son, Emerson S. Barron, joined the company learning all aspects of the foundry business. After ten years of teaching and training his son, Robert H. Barron retired. Since acquiring the business in 1982, Emerson Barron has changed the direction of the foundry from a predominantly green sand, brass and bronze facility to an aluminum, Alpha Process foundry. He had positioned the company for the future by incorporating computer technology in its earliest years to both the design and production of castings.

In November of 1993, the corporate name was changed to Alpha Foundry Company, having ceased production of brass alloy castings. Then 1996, the foundry returned to its roots and expanded to include a machine shop. With the purchase of state-of-the-art CNC machines, Alpha is capable of machining our castings and producing our own molding patterns with great accuracy. Having purchased another machine shop in January 2002, Alpha has further expanded its capabilities to include CNC lathe machining and a full range of machining services.

In May of 1999, a fourth-generation Barron entered into full-time employment at Alpha Foundry. Ryan Barron, having worked part-time at Alpha for many years, graduated from Washington University in spring of 1999 with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Having earned his MBA in 2006, Ryan now functions as President and General Manager overseeing all business operations of the company.

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