Washington Furnace could produce seven to eight tons per day and a capacity of 17 tons. In 1853, the furnace was superintended by John Peters. John Peters was the son of Henry and Rebecca (Wilhelm) Peters. Peters moved to Ohio in 1830’s. He was one of the people who helped layout Ironton and built the Iron Railroad. He also worked in Monroe, Pine Grove, Vernon, Greenup, Honeywell and other furnaces.