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Jonathan Barnes

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Amos the Poker Cat

Don't forget the USS Clairton Works too! Strange, that is part of the Mon Valley Works.

Amos the Poker Cat

According to BLS' Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004: Table 1. National employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey by occupation, May 2004:

I find two categories under Production occupations that would match work in a steelmill: Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders (17,150 national), and Pourers and casters, metal (13,670 national). The generic "steelworker" is a structural construction job. There are probably others, but this should be a good start. Alot of the others mix metal, and plastic.

Detailed stats for furnace operators.
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes514051.htm
PA has 1,840.

Detailed stats for Pourers and Casters, Metal
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes514052.htm
PA has 1,430.

Detailed stats for PIT MSA
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_6280.htm#b51-0000
PIT MSA has 660 Furnace Operators, and 530 Pourers and Casters, Metal
Production Occupations employment of 70,160 (10,128,200 national).
Total PIT MSA Computer and Mathematical Occupations 21,490 (2,915,300 national)

Amos the Poker Cat

Actually, I ment to type "strange that it is NOT part of Mon Works"

Jonathan Barnes

The Clairton Works is a coke plant. It once was a fully integrated steel mill, but that was decades ago. It no longer produces steel, and has not since the Seventies, I think. (Forgive me if you know all of this.)
USS almost sold the Clairton Works about two years ago, but the deal fell through. I thought the Clairton Works was part of the Mon Valley Works, since it feeds coke to Edgar Thompson Works. The plant site is more than 100 years old and was originally Clairton Steel, if I recall correctly, and was one of the companies acquired by Carnegie to forge U.S. Steel.

Sam M

Clairton appears to be its own whole "works." At least it's called the "Clairton Works." Details at
http://www.ussteel.com/corp/facilities/clairton.htm

Now, Clairton is 20 miles from Pittsburgh. So I guess that might make it true that its smokestacks are not, in fact, visible from Pittsburgh. But smokestacks from the Mon Works are. That's why I didn't put Clairton in my initial post.

Want to know the truth? I thought Clairton was part of the Mon Works, too, until I checked the USS site. Does seem strange, though.

Amos the Poker Cat

In Oct, 2005 the NYT did Reinventing the Mill

Under relentless pressure, the industry transformed itself. In 1980 steel companies employed about 400,000 American workers and it took about nine hours of labor to produce a ton of steel; by last year, the work force had withered to some 120,000 workers but it took each of them only about two hours to make a ton of steel.

Wow, from 9 hours down to 2 hours in 25 years, that is a what, a 78% productivity increase, or about 6.2% per year. Which is pretty amazing for non-Morse's Law industry.

Fred Mullner

I suppose no one is reading this thread anymore, but allow me to put in my two cents. Clairton never made steel. It was always a coke plant. The Mon Valley Works is the combination of the Edgar Thompson Works (where they make steel), the Irvin Works where they finish the steel, and the Clairton Works where they make coke. ET, Irvin, and Clairton might now be called "plants" rather than "works" because "works" connotes a fully self-contained operation (i.e., you can start with iron ore and end up with finished steel without ever leaving the site).

My two cents from a former steel employee and a permanent steel junkie. I work in the chemical industry now and it's just not the same.

r delpercio

I WORK AT CLAIRTON AND IT ONCE WAS A STEEL MAKER BUT THE DECLINE OF THE STEEL INDUSTRY LED TO IT CEASING STEEL PRODUCTION THE PLANT ONCE EMPLOYED OVER 7500 BUT AFTER THE DECLINE IT NOW IS AROUND 1500 MOST OF THE "SMOKE" IS STEAM COMING FROM THE FRESH WATER QUENCHING OF THE COKE I HELP TO MAKE WE ARE THE CLEANEST COKE WORKS IN AMERICA IN MOST TOUGHEST COUNTY TO REMAIN COMPLIANT LET US GET OUR FACTS TOGETHER

Sal Fadatucci

More Pittsburgh/Mon Valley smoke at http://www.coalcampusa.com/rustbelt/pa/pa.htm .

TONY  IANNAZZO

I worked on the coke ovens in clairton and spent the first 26 years of my life there. The average American does not have any idea of processing of coal and coke byproducts that takes place in clairton mill. We also were a leading producer of steel at the same plant while still being powered by steam until the late 1970s. God Bless our Smokestacks !! We did great until Regan expanded his acting career and hurt our UNION .

TONY  IANNAZZO

Clairton also had Blast furnaces, made and poured steel etc. From start to finish it was a steel mill we rolled I beams, elevator bar, angle, etc etc check your history. Century 3 mall is built on the old slag dump from our steel mill waste.

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Actually, I ment to type "strange that it is NOT part of Mon Works"

last chaos gold

steel at the same plant while still being powered by steam until the late 1970s. God Bless our Smokestacks !! We did great until Regan expanded his acting career and hurt our UNION .

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