April 10, 2006
As manufacturer A.Y. McDonald celebrates 150 years in business, the company remembers its roots. Its namesake and founder, Andrew Young (AY) McDonald was orphaned as a child in Glasgow, Scotland, then emigrated to the United States with an aunt when he was 20 years old. He started his own plumbing business in Dubuque, IA, left to fight in the Civil War, was wounded twice and returned home to Dubuque to grow his business.