The president of Penn-Troy Manufacturing, Inc. said the demolition of the Penn-Troy smokestack in Troy could begin today.

On Wednesday, Mark Powers, president of Penn-Troy Manufacturing, said the smokestack demolition was supposed to start Wednesday, but it was too windy and unsafe for the workers.

He said the company doing the demolition, LCP Demolition Group Inc., hopes to start today, weather permitting.

In a previous news release, he said that "Father Time has unfortunately taken its toll on the structure."

"From a distance, the stack has maintained its beauty over the years, but with closer inspection, evidence of deterioration is clear," he noted.

"The driving factor in deciding to demolish the stack is not only the safety of Penn-Troy employees, but the safety of anyone who may walk by it. Bricks have fallen from the top already, and we know waiting any longer is a risk not worth taking."

In conjunction with the smokestack, the Troy Agway mill building has been demolished.

"The smokestack will be the last piece of the project," he said.

"The plan is to raise the guys up with a crane in a man basket," he said. "The guys will just manually knock down the bricks using whatever tools necessary."

Powers provided some history of the smokestack.

"The smokestack has long been a landmark in downtown Troy. The craft and care taken with its construction showed off not only the pride of the people who built it, but the pride of the town."

"The smokestack was built in 1942, and is now 71 years old. It stands 178 feet tall, and its width is 6 feet 9 inches at the top, and 22 feet at the bottom. In its heyday, the stack vented the fumes from burning coal. The heat from the burning coal ran the boilers, which in turn turned the belts for the machines. For a period of time, Penn-Troy even generated electricity for the town of Troy."

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.