The siren is still ringing for two hundred workers and employees. Up to the seventies its sibilant ringing signaled the beginning of work, the lunch break and the end of the working day to 2500 units. Iron men, particularly the blast furnaces workers, but also iron women specialized in the manufacture of cores (Italian anime=souls) and had on their badge the qualification “animiste” (core workers).

The union between Dongo and iron started to become known in the second decade of the 15th century when the toponym “Ferèra” appeared on a document referring to an area with iron ore deposits. Once they understood the importance of this metal apparently poor but extremely useful both in war and in peace, several entrepreneurial families (from the Muggiascas to the Trivulzios, from the Parolos to the Robbas, from the Giulinis to the Mainonis, from the Rubinis to the Falcks) decided to exploit every metal vein and started to build forges, furnaces and foundries for the processing and finishing of the product.

In 1906 Giorgio Enrico Falck founded the “Società Anonima Acciaierie e Ferriere Lombarde” and built the “Acciaierie di Sesto” in Sesto San Giovanni and the “Ferriere di Dongo” entered the industrial history of Italy. Generations of people from Dongo worked and studied in the vocational school inside the factory but also practiced canoeing making the rowing club “Falck” a top club in the canoeing world. Seeing it from the outside the factory seems a huge casket preserving thousands of workers’ stories and even nowadays some of them are still moved by the sound of the siren ringing.

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è qui che è cominciata la mia storia,la sirena è ancora impressa nella mia testa.....mio nonno lavorava alla falck di dongo,proveniente da sotto il monte (bg) mio papà,nato a dongo, dopo essere andato de sfroos è stato assunto alla falck.ha fatto parte della canottieri falck e dell'AVIS falck.ha sposato mia mamma di gravedona e da li.....continua... a S. Maria del Tiglio....

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