Muskegon was and still is a manufacturing/industrial town….though many of its former industries are long-gone….Lakey Foundry being one of them.
Lakey Foundry closed in 1972 and its buildings were demolished. Lakey (also Continental Motors) was located just a few blocks from downtown close to Muskegon Lake.
The Foundry era was important to the Muskegon economy….yet the old industries could not keep pace with newer manufacturing methods….and modern facilities.
Environmentally the foundries were completely out of date and harmful to air quality. The above photo was very typical of a day in Muskegon for several decades.
Industries such as Lakey Foundry really did have to change to survive. Unfortunately, Lakey did not.