Manly Steel makes custom metal and steel fabrications.
It's a company that has evolved over the last 123 years.
Late in 1887, Robert Manly sold his company in Philadelphia and started a new business in Dalton, Georgia.
The business was incorporated as the "Manly Manufacturing Co," and was opened in 1888 just west of the Crown Cotton Mills.
On January 15, 1889 Frank Manly, only 22, opened his own company Manly Machine Company.
In 1906, Frank started Manly Jail works as a separate operation in the same building with the Manly Machine Company foundry.
Jail Work was the salvation of the company.
The company was incorporated in 1963 as "Manly Jail Works, Inc", to continue to recognize the companies more than 50 year reputation at that time in building secure prison work.
With more than one hundred years in business, the company has made everything from portable jails, to stairways, and railings for bridges.
By 1972 the company's other products had grown so large and the now discontinued jail work was already so small that the companies' Trade name was changed to "Manly Steel."