January 12, 2010
The fifth in a line of a new class of warship was commissioned into the U.S. Navy in November in New York City. The U.S.S. New York, roughly the length of two football fields and weighing 25,000 tons, features a front edge bow section forged from 7.5 tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center.
"The scrap recycling industry is truly honored to be part of this special ship and this special occasion," stated Robin Wiener, president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc., Washington, D.C., the trade association for the scrap recycling industry. Wiener lost her brother, Jeff, in the attack on the World Trade Center.
"We are proud of the role the scrap recycling industry played in recovering and recycling the steel from the World Trade Center," Wiener said.
The more than 20 tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center was melted down at the Amite Foundry and Machine Inc., in Amite, La., and poured into its mold in September 2003.
The ship is designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It is stationed in Norfolk, Va., for about a year of crew training and exercises.