Westinghouse memories to be saved for history

SHARON, Pa. — Though just the shell of the old Westinghouse Electric Corp. is left, the memories held in the building during its heyday will live on.

That’s thanks to a donation by Sharon Coating LLC, the company that now inhabits part of the mile-long building used by Westinghouse on Sharpsville Avenue, to the Mercer County Historical Society.

Workers at Sharon Coating came across hundreds of photographs, movies and other items in the building they now use for steel coating.

“The guys were just about to toss it. It was by the grace of God that they called to see if we were interested,” said Bill Philson, historical society director, of the memorabilia.

Among the items saved were a pneumatic messaging tube used for early communications in the large industrial facility, as well as hundreds of photographs, movies and slides.

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