Facing environmental lawsuits, century-old East Oakland metal foundry will close here for good

OAKLAND — Weeks after California filed a lawsuit against a pipe fitting factory that’s been flagged by smog regulators for emitting carcinogenic toxins into the air of the East Oakland neighborhood around it, the 116 year-old factory announced it’s shutting down the facility and moving all its operations to Texas.

McWane, Inc. — the parent company of the factory, AB&I Foundry — announced Friday it would start shutting down the foundry in stages and be completely out of East Oakland within a year.

AB&I Foundry, which has been operating in Oakland since 1906, recycles scrap metal, melts it down and produces cast iron pipes and pipe fittings used in plumbing

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