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Metalcasters have their five minutes of fame.

While most metalcasters don't join the industry for the glamour, two metalcasting facilities have had their share of fame on recent television programs.

Interestingly, each facility received attention for civil war period casting replicas.

Kent Foundry Co., Greenville, Miss., attracted The Discovery Channel's "How It's Made" for its Civil War cannon replicas. The facility produces the castings for South Bend Replicas, according to The Grand Rapids Press. Kent Foundry's niche market is making 25 pieces or fewer for single customers, which is a perfect fit for the cannon replica market.

Clarksville Foundry, Clarksville, Tenn., cast a replica component of Confederate submarine H.L. Hunly, the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship. The replica was used to determine what eventually caused the submarine's own demise. The National Geographic Channel aired the facility's analysis and results in mid-September in "Secret Weapon of the Confederacy."
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Title Annotation:BLOG ROLL
Publication:Modern Casting
Date:Oct 1, 2011
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