Braintree's building has interesting history

April 18, 2017
by Timothy Brian McKee,

Humphryes Manufacturing Co. began their foundry business in 1882, and served as an anchor of Mansfield’s industrial strength for decades making pumps and then cast iron bathtubs and sinks.In the 1950s they consolidated with Borg-Warner and expanded their product lines to include vitreous china; and expanded their industrial sites to include West Fourth Street and Shelby.They ran full bore until 1973 when the foundry went cold. This familiar corner at Fifth and Newman was the Humphryes main office; today Braintree Business Development Center. A few of the Humphryes buildings survive today, one of which is the Braintree Business Development Center.Even though their factories are long gone, Humphryes still casts a shadow in the Flats: from the landmark smokestack that even yet anchors the former factory district.Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Saturday with a column titled Native Son. Every Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.

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