4/72 Armco Steel Corp., Middletown Plant.

In 1965 there were 237 blast furnaces at 72 locations in the U.S. . This series will briefly introduce all of them.

Armco steel blast furnace

Blast furnace 3

The American Rolling Mill Company (Armco) had it’s main plant in Middletown, Ohio.
Although the plant was built in 1900, a blast furnace was not built there until 1953. Until then, the pig iron was supplied by the nearby Hamilton ironworks.
In 1965 Armco-Middletown operated a 76-oven coke plant built by Wilputte, 1 blast furnace, and 13 open hearth furnaces.
Most steel was finished in Armco’s 80” wide hot strip mill.

Armco blast furnaces, Hamilton, 1965.
Blast furnace 3: Hearth diameter 28’0” (8,53 m)

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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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