What's a Flywheel?

Flywheel

The Piermont flywheel (above center) was once part of a steam driven generator that furnished power for the first manufacturing facility in Piermont more than a century ago. The Flywheel was used by companies located in the village during Piermont's industrial hay-day. Companies like the Piermont Paper Company (pictured above left), Robert Gair Company (pictured above, right), Continental Can Company and Federal Paperboard/Clevepack, all depended upon the Flywheel for their life-blood of power.

In 1983 the last manufacturer shut their doors and the Flywheel began deteriorating. The same year the Piermont Flywheel Gallery opened, February 1992, a five-month project restored the Flywheel. Truth be told, developers tried to knock it down, but it was too strong for the wrecking ball.  It was sandblasted, the metal was coated and the Flywheel was turned into a free-standing "sculpture". The Historical Society of Rockland County maintains it, "...pays constant tribute to Piermont’s industrial heritage.‭” The flywheel is located just opposite the north gallery in a park overlooking the Hudson River.

For more information about the Flywheel please visit the Piermont Historical Society.



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