EJ (company)

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FormerlyEast Jordan Iron Works
IndustryManhole Cover, Utility vault, Fire Hydrant, Storm drain, Sanitary sewer, Telecommunication, Airports, Wastewater treatment plant, Port
FoundedEast Jordan, Michigan
(1883 (1883))
FounderWilliam Malpass, Richard W. Round
HeadquartersEast Jordan, Michigan, United States
Area served

EJ (formerly known as East Jordan Iron Works or EJIW) is a company based in East Jordan, Michigan. The company is a manufacturer and distributor of iron construction castings (Municipal castings) and infrastructure access products worldwide. In 2007, the company was awarded the National Utility Contractors Association Associate of the year award.[1]


East Jordan Iron Works (EJIW) was founded in East Jordan, Michigan in 1883. The company was established in November 1883 by William Malpass and his father-in-law, Richard W. Round, to service the logging industry in East Jordan and around Northern Michigan. In the early years of operation, EJIW manufactured castings for necessities such as machine parts, ship parts, agricultural uses, and railroads.[2] In 1905, the foundry was destroyed by a fire but was then rebuilt using bricks made in its hometown of East Jordan.[3]

In the 1920s, lumbering operations began to decrease after the advent of the Great Depression. By World War II, lumbering had moved out of the area, and EJIW then shifted their large-scale production to street castings, water works valves, and fire hydrants as well as war materials needed for the war effort such as tank parts.[3]

East Jordan Iron Works was renamed to EJ in 2012 to consolidate multiple owned holdings under a single brand.[4]

EJ owns and operates four foundries, with locations in East Jordan, Michigan; Ardmore, Oklahoma; Birr, Ireland (acquired Cavanagh Foundry); and Picardy, France (acquired Norinco). The Ardmore foundry was built in 2000 and opened for operation in 2001. EJ also owns and operates sales offices and distribution centers, as well as fabricated product facilities.

EJ now supplies products to infrastructure projects in 6 of the 7 continents.[5]

Groundbreaking for a new EJ foundry in nearby Elmira Township began around the beginning of 2017, and was completed in November 2018. The company moved into the new building, and began operations in it shortly after. There is no timetable for the old foundry's demolition.

Sales and products[edit]

EJ's main manufacturing facility, corporate headquarters, and hydrant & valve assembly lines are located in East Jordan. The foundry production facility in Ardmore also provides numerous castings for EJ sales operations. EJ is a producer and supplier of construction castings to hundreds of U.S. cities, townships, counties, and states. The EJ product line includes manhole frames and manhole covers, utility castings for the telecommunications industry, trench grates, tree grates, detectable warning plates, airport and design specific castings, monument boxes, meter boxes, valve boxes, drainage grates, curb inlets, and catch basins.[6] EJ construction castings can be found in major metropolitan areas, as well as world-wide.

See also[edit]

Neenah Foundry


  1. ^ Morgan, Jason (July 2008). "The Iron Men 2007 NUCA Associate of the Year—East Jordan Iron Works—Focus on Family and Quality". Utility Contractor Magazine, National Utility Contractors Association. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
  2. ^ "East Jordan Iron Works (EJ) East Jordan, Michigan". FireHydrant.org. 2001. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "A Legacy is Cast: The East Jordan Iron Works Story". ejco.com. 2001. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
  4. ^ Brooks, Robert (November 14, 2011). "East Jordan Iron Works Rebranding for Global Market". Foundry Management & Technology. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  5. ^ VanHorn, Caroline. "Marketing Assistant". ejco.com. EJ. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  6. ^ "East Jordan Iron Works Inc". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved July 6, 2010.

Coordinates: 45°09′20.4″N 85°07′43.4″W / 45.155667°N 85.128722°W / 45.155667; -85.128722