Weirton Celebrates A Century Of Making Steel

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Weirton, W.Va. (AP) -- Weirton is celebrating a century of steelmaking this weekend, even though its mill is a fraction of what it used to be.

Arcelormittal, the Luxembourg-based company that now owns the plant, is showing off its operations Friday, then holding an employee appreciation picnic Sunday.

There are just over 1,000 steelworkers in Weirton now, compared to more than 13,000 in its heyday.

But Mark Glyptis, president of United Steelworkers Local 2911, says survival is worth celebrating.

Dozens of U.S. mills went bankrupt and shut down, but Weirton is still in business.

Today, it reheats steel shipped in from Indiana, coating it with tin and chrome.

Glyptis says he hopes Weirton will be making some kind of steel product for another 100 years.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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