Pictured here is the area behind the Casthouse and Blast Furnace area of the now demolished Warren, Ohio Steel mill complex.
Built in 1922 in Warren, Ohio this blast furnace at this site was once the largest in the country. It was also the last standing blast furnace in the Mahoning Valley. The steel mill was founded in 1912 by Trumbull Steel and was once called Trumbull Cliffs. Since then ownership has changed hands many times. In 1929 Republic Steel & Iron took over operations. Then during a J&L Steel (Jones & Laughlin) takeover in 1984, LTV Steel was born. LTV Steel gave way to WCI Steel. The Renco Group bought WCI in 2002 and in 2008 Severstal SA of Russia took over. From this RG Steel formed in 2012. The mill last operated as RG Steel when in 2012 it declared bankruptcy and 1200 steel workers lost their jobs.
This relic is the last remaining piece of the historic Warren, Ohio steelmaking era. It's current demolition will mark the end of steelmaking in the Mahoning Valley.
I was fortunate enough to gain legal access to the site one cold day in March 2017 as demolition equipment was being staged. In October 2017 this beautiful piece of American industrial history is almost gone.
Over the next few months I will be posting numerous photographs from the site.
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