"Many workmen perceived that this matter was never to be finally settles until every many should become his own employer, and consequently, almost as soon as the lock-out commended, they canvasses the project of a new foundry… It is a most beautiful operation to a bystander, to watch the streams of liquid fire, bubbling and boiling through the pipe into a large iron receptacle, while the workmen, like Vulcans, stand ground, each waiting for his turn to obtain the fiery fluid."
Along with a cooperative grocery store and free reading room, a stove foundry was created in Troy during a lock-out when workers struck for the 8-hour day and restrictions on child labor. 44 worker-owners were employed, casting around 1,800 stoves per month.
- Text above is from Co-operation: Progress of the Idea in Troy (pdf), New York Times, 1866
- Labor and Industry in Troy and Cohoes: a brief history
- Mentioned in History of the labor movement in the United States: From colonial times to the Founding of the American Federation of Labor by Philip Sheldon Foner
- Mentioned in Worker and community: response to industrialization in a nineteenth-century, Albany, New York by Brian Greenberg
- The spread of the idea from Troy to Pittsburgh
An illustration of a (non-cooperative) foundry in Troy.