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In 1899 the New Castle Box Company was established by a firm out of Muskegon, Michigan, led by businessman Thomas Munroe. The plant, led by Hugh McIlwraith, was located on North Cedar Street in Mahoningtown. I believe the facility initially manufactured boxes out of tin plate, which was produced in great quantities in the local factories. The plant slowly grew but was lost to a devastating fire on May 21, 1912. The machinery was temporarily set up in a nearby building while the plant was rebuilt. The enlarged plant was reopened by early 1913 and business boomed in the coming years. In October 1931 the company was merged with several others in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana to form the new Associated Box Company. The new concern was headquartered in Michigan but its main operating plant was in Mahoningtown. The facility closed down sometime in the 1960’s. (c1918) Full Size