In 1965 there were 237 blast furnaces at 72 locations in the U.S. . This series will briefly introduce all of them.
Alan Wood Co. in Conshohocken, Pa. was founded in 1929 and was one of the smaller producers.
The company operated two blast furnaces and a coking plant (151 ovens) on the opposite side of the Schuylkill River in Swedeland. “Swede Furnaces” No. 2 & 3 produced pig iron for the upstream open hearth steelworks at Ivy Rock.
The main products were sheet and strip steel. Annual hot rolled capacity was about 1.25 mio. tonnes.
In August 1977 the plant was one of the first in the USA to fall victim to the steel crisis and was closed.
In 1968 a BOF shop had been built, probably one of the most short-lived in the USA.
Alan Wood blast furnaces, Swedeland, 1965.
Blast furnace 2: Hearth diameter 18’0” (5,48 m)
Blast furnace 3: Hearth diameter 18’0” (5,48 m)