Peter Cooper's Iron Foundry at Trenton 1877 100

At an October 4th symposium celebrating innovation and technology in Mercer County for it’s 175 anniversary, we gave a presentation on innovations in iron and steel making in Trenton. Peter Cooper, a serial entrepreneur and founder of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, produced the first I-Beams in America in 1856 at his Trenton Iron Company that he founded in 1847. The immigrant engineer John A. Roebling established his wire rope company in Trenton in 1849 and it produced steel wire and wire rope for landmark suspension bridges, including the Brooklyn Bridge, designed by Roebling, and the George Washington and Golden Gate Bridges.

 Mercer Makes & Innovates – Iron & Steel US 1 10.2.13

 

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