Keppelseweg 347-353, 7008 BC Doetinchem - Langerak
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The Doetinchem Iron Foundry was constructed in 1894 along the Rijksweg and the Doesburg–Doetinchem tram line, near the Oude IJssel. Iron was melted in a so-called cupola furnace fired with coke. The foundry produced many larger castings, e.g. lampposts, sewer pipes—which were delivered as far away as Asia—brake blocks and many street castings.
The factory changed hands several times and was owned by The Royal Dutch Blast Furnace IJmuiden for a while, who introduced so-called pendulum casting, making the production of cast iron pipes a speciality. In its heyday in the past, Vulcanus had up to 300 employees.
In recent decades, production mainly consists of parts for agricultural machinery, forklift trucks, machine-building and often complex castings. The factory regularly struggles and has already made several restarts after the suspension of payments. Environmental requirements and complaints from neighbours are also a major challenge for the company. Yet, they persist.
Places of Interest in the area
On the way from the Vulcanus Iron Foundry memorial to the Gaanderense Iron Mill:
Restaurants in the centre of Doetinchem, Simonsplein and surroundings – Doetinchem
If you are looking for something to eat, drink or a relaxing place to sit on a terrace, the centre of Doetinchem, around the Simonsplein, is home to plenty of opportunities for a pleasant break.