I worked at North Western Steel & Wire Company for 30 years, taking a medical retirement in 2001 2 weeks before they went bankrupt. This mini mill had the largest electric furnaces in the world. They made things like wire, barbed wire, nails, fencing, steel rods, I-beams, channel, angles, & flats. This mill was in Sterling IL and a factory in Rockfalls Illinois, then later built a factory in Kentucky and they bought a steel mill in Texas. They went bankrupt in 2001 and the workers lost their retirements and insurance. Parts of it, the core electric furnace dept and other parts are now owned by Sterling Steel. Some of the mills are still for sale and some are being torn down.
North Western Steel & Wire Mill Crane
This is footage of the 24″ mill and shipping dept. It has since closed. This was the old way of making I-beams. The video is filmed from an overhead crane loading a truck. It was sped up a little to shorten the film for youtube.
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