Every now and then someone asks us "Did you know this happened in Montgomery County?" You really never know what you will come across in your research. In this case, we learned that a Bridgeport company was once evaluated for a potential clean up project after fears of potential uranium exposure, according to the Wall Street Journal.
According to the short excerpt found online, the Wall Street Journal cited the Summerville Tube Company was conducting metal fabrication research and development on uranium metal in the early 1940s. They cited their source as the Department of Energy, which initially considered cleaning up the site under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program. It appears no clean up was done since exposure was considered minimum.
While looking for more information I found there were documents about "Summerville" and "Summerill" Tubing Company. Both were located in Bridgeport apparently. Are they the same company? For now, my guess is yes. It turns out we actually have some magazines from Summerill in our Archives! They are all from the early 1940s and are advertising the company's manufacturing during World War II.
This company, as can be guessed by the name, produced steel tubing when they were located in Bridgeport in the early 1900s. You can see an advertisement below from Aviation, Volume 23.
According to Montgomery County the Second Hundred Years book in our library, Summerill Tubing Company was founded in 1899 in Philadelphia. They bought the Protectus Paint Company in Bridgeport in 1910. They eventually moved to Pittsburgh in 1946.
It appears the same company might still operate, but is now in Scottdale, PA under the name Summerill High Precision Tube. If it's the same company, they claim to have been in business for over 100 years!
Aviation, Volume 23. https://books.google.com/books?id=8jRSAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA1188&lpg=PA1188&dq=summerill+tubing+company+bridgeport+pa&source=bl&ots=vdqRxM7OvS&sig=ACfU3U1VA0Jno0uyMvawX1Plu-4Uygf05g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjim9WGuq-AAxW8EVkFHQ5WCeU4FBDoAXoECAMQAw#v=onepage&q&f=false
Decisions and Orders of the National Labor Relations Board, Volume 60. https://books.google.com/books?id=2EE-AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA896&lpg=PA896&dq=summerill+tubing+company+bridgeport+pa&source=bl&ots=uGj46BngMt&sig=ACfU3U35XuHkQqqPYnjziV41s-v8-YWgng&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiYrofyua-AAxXCEFkFHRD6AAE4ChDoAXoECAIQAw#v=onepage&q=summerill%20tubing%20company%20bridgeport%20pa&f=false
Summerill High Precision Tube. https://www.summerilltube.com/
The Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/graphics/waste-lands/site/444-summerville-tube-co/