Meet the Experts: New Jersey Zinc


In 1898 the town of Palmerton was founded by New Jersey Zinc (NJZ), whose many interests around the world led to more than a century of success and made their “Horsehead” logo immediately recognizable to industry experts.  Like the Bethlehem Steel story, Palmerton has adapted to the loss of the smelting operations that defined the community and what its future brings.  In this month’s Meet the Expert presentation Peter Kern will tell how Palmerton came into existence, why at New Jersey Zinc’s peak more than 4,000 workers were employed there,  and why the town’s unique heritage has sustained it despite the fact that today New Jersey Zinc is all but gone from the Palmerton scene.