York City's longtime tradition of celebrating Christmas with a steam-whistle concert of holiday tunes is safe.

This year, favorites like "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "Silent Night" will originate from 240 Arch St., a factory that's manufactured mining equipment in York for more than 100 years.

The steam whistle's new host is the Metso Corporation, which volunteered to house the whistle after the New York Wire Co. announced last year it would close its plant at 441 E. Market St. and eliminate 170 jobs there.

That means the one-of-a-kind York Factory Whistle Concert, which began in 1889, will go on.

"This is not a one-year thing. We want to make this the permanent home of the whistle going forward," said Andy Fritz, Metso's vice president of manufacturing and capital projects.

Metso, formerly known as the Hardinge Company, employs about 400 people in York, Fritz said.

The steam whistle has already been moved from New York Wire to Metso. Its installation will be complete by the end of July, and a summer trial concert is in the works.

"Everybody is very interested in maintaining the traditions of the surrounding area," Fritz said.

-- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.



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