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(Satellite, the "North Mill" contained the blast furnaces and BOF)
The plant scratched for miles along the east bank of the Ohio River. ("The Jones & Laughlin Steel Works gobbled up mile after mile of shoreline, producing beams, billets, bars, cans, wire, sheets, rolled steel—nearly every imaginable finished product" [PaulHertneky])
Steel plant on the Ohio River. Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
SummaryBird's-eye view of Jones & Laughlin Steel Company plant rooftops and rail yard.Contributor NamesRothstein, Arthur, 1915-1985, photographer
Gregory Wolf posted
Jones and Laughlin steel mill in Aliquippa, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, located about 30 NW of Pittsburgh on the Ohio River. January 1941.
Bill Sutliff: Ross Patterson -there is a very good chance that sign was made in Beaver Falls at the Ingram-Richardson porcelain enamel sign plant.
Jeff Sherrill: Bill Sutliff. It was made there...!!! Largest porcelain sign in the world for years...
An aerial view of the North Mill, Aliquippa Works, showing blast furnaces (center) and BOF (upper left), ca 1970.
(Courtesy of Charles Fluharty from the book Portraits of Steel)
P&LE tracks at the left. PRR tracks on the on the other side of the Ohio.
Stever Hoschar Sr. posted
My father in law worked there.
Ronald Cumberland: Thank you for sharing this was J L biggest mill at 1 time think there was 5 blast furnace at one time the tin mill was the last thing running.
Bob Ciminel posted
In 1953 a major expansion project to increase steel production at Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation’s Aliquippa Works was undertaken. A new 44-inch blooming mill and its drive were installed, replacing a steam-engine drive mill that set many production records during its time. The installation process was accomplished in the remarkable time of 7 days and 14 1/2 hours of down-time. The 44-inch Blooming Mill was driven by four 3000-hp, 70 to 140-rpm, 750-volt, double-armature motors, arranged in tandem twin drive. The main drive motors drew their power from a motor-generator set (pictured here) consisting of four 3000 kilowatt, 750-volt, d-c generators, a 15-foot 10-inch diameter, 220,000 pound steel plate flywheel (left foreground), and a 9000-hp, 6600-volt, 360-rpm induction motor. The 44-inch Blooming Mill was shut down in October 1984.
Bob Ciminel posted
J&L open-hearth ladle pouring ingots. J&L's railroad, the Aliquippa & Southern has a hopper spotted behind the ladle. Date unknown.
Bob Ciminel posted
J&L pickling vats, date and location unknown but probably not the Heinz plant.
Pat McCon: Might be the Welded Tube Department at the Aliquippa Works. They had vats like that.
Mike Seeger: Pickling has to be the most vile process in all of steelmaking.
[There are several comments about the acid fumes destroying the worker's teeth. It evidently removes the tooth enamel, turns the teeth black and then causes them to be removed.]
Robert Cody: I swear you could literally watch people die. But the bonus was so good there was never a personnel shortage. They most all were toothless
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