California company helps restore U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington

12/17/2013 1:50 PM

12/17/2013 2:07 PM

TURLOCK — High above the halls of Congress sits a dome awaiting repair with help from a Turlock company.

Lock-N-Stitch Inc. is making metal “stitches” to be used on about 1,000 cracks in the cast iron that makes up most of the U.S. Capitol dome. It is part of the $59.55 million restoration of the dome, which is 147 years old and showing wear from the elements in Washington, D.C.

“It’s very exciting,” Gary Reed, the company’s chief executive officer, said Monday. “There’s a lot of patriotism. All the people involved in it feel a sense of making a contribution to history.”

Lock-N-Stitch, founded in 1990, has 43 employees at its plant on South Soderquist Road. It specializes in repairing cast iron and does work with other metals in engine blocks, industrial equipment and other uses.

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