Atlas Foundry Share

Jan 1, 2018  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Atlas Foundry is one of Marion’s old­est fac­to­ries, cel­e­brat­ing its 125th birth­day this year. Estab­lished in 1893, by Math­ew Fran­cis Gart­land and Asso­ciates, the fac­to­ry has remained faith­ful­ly in Mar­i­on and with­in the Gart­land fam­i­ly ever since. Four gen­er­a­tions lat­er, Atlas Foundry is now owned by Math­ew Fran­cis Gartland’s great great grand­sons: Jim and Bill Gart­land.

The Gart­land fam­i­ly has been long-stand­ing active mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ty; and cur­rent own­ers, Jim and Bill Gart­land, con­tin­ue the lega­cy with involve­ment in the com­mu­ni­ty, serv­ing on local boards such as the Grant Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Growth Coun­cil, the YMCA, and the Mar­i­on-Grant Coun­ty Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Atlas Foundry pro­duces Gray Iron Cast­ings and dis­trib­utes their prod­ucts world­wide. To the pub­lic eye, though, Atlas Foundry is per­haps most famous for their gray-iron sta­di­um seats that adorn major base­ball and boot­ball fields across the nation. Hiens­field Sta­di­um in Pitts­burg, for exam­ple, fea­tures their sta­di­um seats, as well as numer­ous oth­er fields home to the Chica­go Cubs, the Chica­go White Sox, etc.

Atlas Foundry is also a home for many com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers over the sum­mer, pro­vid­ing rig­or­ous intern­ship pro­grams for high school stu­dents. Evan Mazel­lan, now a renowned artist liv­ing in New York City, was one of these sum­mer interns and recounts many days spent work­ing in the fac­to­ry.

Mar­i­on is proud to be home of Atlas Foundry and hopes to see their lega­cy live on.

Mikay­la Marazzi

Direc­tor of Mar­ket­ing & Communications

Grant Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Growth Council

765.662.0650 / mmarazzi@​grantcounty.​com

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