Sustainable Steel Curtain

US Steel investing major dollars in sustainable PA factory prototype

Sustainable Steel? Never thought you’d hear those words, did ya? Well, it’s here. United States Steel Corporation is investing more than $1 billion in the place where its reputation was first forged more than a century ago: the Mon Valley Works facility near Pittsburgh. The investment involves the construction of a cutting-edge, sustainable endless casting and rolling facility at Mon Valley’s Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, Pa., which the company claims is the first of its kind in the United States, and a new cogeneration facility with state-of-the-art emissions control technology at the nearby Clairton Plant in Clairton, Pa.

As outlined in the video above (shout out to Andrew Carnegie), U.S. Steel expects this new technology, combined with the skills of its workforce, “will reinforce Western Pennsylvania as a global center of advanced manufacturing excellence and U. S. Steel’s iconic status as a community partner and industry leader as strong as the steel we make every day.” Ante up! The region is certainly at a philosophical crossroads, to some extent. While western PA serves as somewhat of a gateway to the Midwest and is a bona-fide Rust Belt staple, the city of Pittsburgh has been home to some of the more ambitious technological trials of the past decade, such as Uber’s initial testing grounds for self-driving cars in an urban area.

Mon Valley’s new prototype facility expects to include elements of advanced manufacturing, safety enhancements, formability diagram programming, and a new endless casting and rolling facility. That last one might well be the highlight, as continuous casting—process that used to require continuous slab casting, slab transportation, scheduling, reheating, and hot rolling—will now be ‘endless’, or consolidated into one, ongoing process of only casting and hot rolling.

Ore processing, coal and cokemaking, blast furnace ironmaking, and bop steelmaking will all be performed at the plant.


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