East Side: 96 Academy Street

The foundry was established in 1872. It was originally called ‘The Northern Agricultural Implement and Foundry Company Limited’. As well as making agricultural implements, they worked on the Highland Railway and provided ironwork for many buildings designed by the architect Alexander Ross. During World War II, the company, by then known as ‘ A-I Electric Welding Machines Ltd.’, played a vital part in the success of the D-Day landings by supplying welding machines used in Operation PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean). The pipeline, with over 100 000 welds, was wound around an large drum and laid underwater between Britain and France to provide a fuel supply to the Allied forces – information courtesy of Am Baile website.