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In 1838 the foundry made a major advance in typefounding: David Bruce, Jr. patented the Pivotal Typecaster in 1845. It made 6,000 pieces of type per hour, a rate that so threatened the employment of many handcasters that a group of them plotted to destroy the machine. The device was used by other typefounders, notably Miller & Richard.
The foundry was acquired by ATF in 1901.