2/72 Armco Steel Corp., Ashland Works.

BF Bellefonte, Amanda

In 1965 there were 237 blast furnaces at 72 locations in the U.S. . This series will briefly introduce all of them.
The American Rolling Mill Company was founded in 1899 in Middletown, OH and started up its plant in Ashland, Ky in 1910.
Two blast furnaces were in operation there in 1965.
The Bellefonte furnace built in 1942 and Amanda that replaced the older Norton furnace in 1963.

Ashland had a 10 furnace open hearth melt shop that was replaced by a BOF shop in the late 1960ies plus strip and plate rolling mills.
Bellefonte blast furnace was idled in 1996 including most other facilities. Amanda was closed down in 2015.

Armco blast furnaces, Ashland, 1965.
Blast furnace Bellefonte: Hearth diameter 28’9” (8,76 m)
Blast furnace Amanda: Hearth diameter 30’6” (9,20 m)

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Steel Production In The Liege Basin Ceased


Engineering Steel Belgium (ESB) in Seraing, Belgium announced that it will finally close down it’s steel making and casting facilities. Production is already down for two weeks.
The 70 ton electric arc furnace and the world’s largest round strand caster were built in 1972 by Cockerill to provide blooms for the Tubemeuse Pilger rolling mill across the river.
Tubemeuse was founded in 1911 under the name S.A. des Usines à Tubes de la Meuse. It was later taken over by Cockerill and went bancrupt in 1988. The mill carried on under the name New Tubemeuse until it filed bancruptcy again in 1993. The tube rolling facilities were closed down this time and the melt shop was sold to the Ellwood Steel company from Pennsylvania.
In 2009 the German GMH group bought the site.
Further viewing.
Five days ago ArcelorMittal already announced the closure of it’s coking plant in Seraing within the next two weeks. The attempt to sell the site (built in 1957) to the U.S.-based Oxbow company had failed.

Usine Saint Jacques

Tata Rail

is the last rail mill in France.
The former Usine Saint Jacques in Hayange, France was founded by the De Wendel family in 1892. After the closure of the iron and steel production in 1972 the rail mill was outsourced by USINOR (successor of the De Wendel group) in 1994 now called Sogerail and owned by Unimetal.
In 1999 the mill was sold to the British Steel company from the UK to become part of the new Corus Group the same year.
Since 2007 the rail mill in Hayange is called Tata Steel Rail and part of the Indian Tata group.
Rails up to 108 meters in length can be produced. Billets for the rolling mill come from Tata’s steel plant in Scunthorpe, England.
Further viewing.

Tata Hayange