Wendell August Forge

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Wendell August Forge
Wendell August Forge is located in Pennsylvania
Wendell August Forge
Location 620 Madison St., Grove City, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 41°9′57″N 80°3′51″W / 41.16583°N 80.06417°W / 41.16583; -80.06417Coordinates: 41°9′57″N 80°3′51″W / 41.16583°N 80.06417°W / 41.16583; -80.06417
Area 1.8 acres (0.73 ha)
Built 1932
Architect unknown
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 96001192[1]
Added to NRHP November 07, 1996

The original Wendell August Forge facility was a historic landmark in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. It is the last remaining working forge in the state. The company operates retail stores in Grove City, Berlin, Ohio and Wilmington, North Carolina;[2] the forge and the stores are well-known tourist destinations.[3][4] Wendell August was the first to use the repoussé process of manufacture, and has operated near Grove City since 1932. It produces a variety of merchandise, including Americana,[5] such as bowls, figurines and ornaments,as well as commemorative items.[6]

When it was built in 1932, the forge was a simple one-story rectangular building measuring approximately 60 feet (18 m) by 160 feet (49 m); its frame was steel, constructed on a foundation of poured concrete. That property was located in a primarily residential neighborhood.[7] The historic facility was destroyed by a fire on March 6, 2010[6] and, for the next 3 years, factory and office operations were located at the old Cooper-Bessemer plant in Grove City with a temporary retail outlet at the nearby Slovak Folk Crafts.

On Tuesday, October 9th, 2013, Wendell August opened their new Flagship store, factory and headquarters at 2074 Leesburg-Grove City Rd, 1/2 mile west of the Grove City Premium Outlets in Springfield Township, Pennsylvania. The new 52,000 square foot facility includes a history center and offers tours of the factory. The company pioneered the production of hammered aluminum giftware, which it first produced in 1930.[8] Over the years, the forge's works have included ashtrays used on the Hindenburg as well as a number of customized items for Walt Disney.[9]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Gurvis, Sandra (2004). Day Trips from Columbus, 2nd: Getaways About Two Hours Away. Globe Pequot. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-7627-2973-9. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  3. ^ O'Toole, Christine (2007). Pennsylvania Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places (9 ed.). Globe Pequot. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-7627-4209-7. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Oberlin, Loriann Hoff; Jenn Phillips; Evan M. Pattak; Michele Margittai (2008). Insiders' Guide to Pittsburgh (4 ed.). Globe Pequot. p. 146. ISBN 978-0-7627-4796-2. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Slater, Tom (2007). Heritage Slater Political and Americana Auction #659. Heritage Capital. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-59967-116-1. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Landmark metal forge burns in Mercer County." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 06, 2010.
  7. ^ Rogers, Rebecca M. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Wendell August Forge. National Park Service, 1996-07-10, 7.
  8. ^ Paul, Larry R. (2005). Made in the twentieth century: a guide to contemporary collectibles. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-8108-4563-3. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Fire ruins Pa. forge that made Hindenburg ashtrays". breitbart. AP, Online. March 6, 2010

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