May 3, 2005
Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. today announced that it will idle its No. 1 blast furnace permanently on Thursday, May 5. The shutdown will end more than 100 years of service by one of the oldest blast furnaces running in the U. S. The company will continue to operate its No. 5 blast furnace, along with its new Consteel® electric arc furnace, to produce steel for its caster and hot strip mill.
The No. 1 blast furnace began operating in 1899 as part of the LaBelle Iron Works. It is located at the company's Steubenville, Ohio, plant.