A Century Of HIGH QUALITY CASTINGS and services

In 1906, the Dolan family made a decision that would shape four generations of family, countless customers, and an entire industry: they purchased an existing foundry and renamed it Calumet (after the ceremonial Calumet peace pipe of Native American culture) Brass Foundry. Starting off as a two-man operation on Chicago’s south side, Calumet Brass Foundry has been passed from generation to generation in the Dolan family, increasing capabilities to support our customer’s needs.

Large capacity

Calumet’s sand casting services support up to 2,800 lbs. of most copper-based metals and up to 800 lbs. of aluminum.

Standard-setting delivery times

Calumet specializes in making the impossible happen, from the smallest bearings and gears to 2,800 lb. castings shipped within 24-48 hours of ordering.

Complete range of bar stock

Clients can select from a range of brass and bronze to meet their needs.

A century of experience & trust

Calumet’s consistent quality has earned a long list of repeat clients – earning our customer’s trust and respect for decades of service.

Calumet Brass Foundry Staff

Catherine Dolan


Cathy acquired the business in 1995, making her the fourth generation of ownership since the family purchased an existing foundry in 1906. She has over 20 years of experience, and is familiar with every aspect of the foundry business. Cathy focuses primarily on Sales, Marketing and Business Development.

Peter Cook

General Manager

Peter has over 20 years in all aspects of Foundry operations management. His primary focus is Quality and Business Development

4 Generations of Dedication

Cathy Dolan

1995 –

Donald G. Dolan

1976 – 1995

William G. Dolan

1945 – 1976

George F. Dolan

1906 – 1945

Women’s Business Enterprise certified

Currently owned and operated by Cathy Dolan in Dolton, Illinois, Calumet Brass Foundry received the prestigious Women’s Business Enterprise certification from Chicago’s Women’s Business Development Center in 1999, ensuring a prominent role in today’s diverse business world. Combining this progressive business vision with decades of experience, Calumet Brass Foundry’s legacy of quality is committed to every project from the finest gears/bearings to capacity castings.
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Article source: The Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society (NFFS)

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