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Location DB > United States > Michigan > Trenton > McLouth Steel
McLouth Steel
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created by Chad479 on 8/8/2009 1:07 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 1/21/2022 7:44 PM
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Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate, Has Security but can be easily avoided
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
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Trenton, Michigan
United States
Owner: Detroit Steel Company
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features

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  • fences
  • part-time guard
  • Guard was in the military, is very excited about guns and takes his job way too seriously.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1948
    Closed: 2003
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    McLouth Steel is a former integrated steel company. The company had three locations. The first plant was in Detroit, Michigan, the second (and significantly larger) in Trenton, Michigan and the third, a cold mill, in Gibraltar, Michigan. The Detroit plant is currently owned by Jones & Laughlin Steel Company. Around half of the Trenton plant remains, including the rolling mill, Detroit Steel Company currently owns the property. The Gibraltar cold mill is owned by Steel Rolling Holdings, and is currently in the process of being restarted.

    In 1948, McLouth Steel started its $100 million expansion program by purchasing riverfront property in Trenton, MI. Construction on the first major construction program was started soon afterward. The site was laid out and four sixty ton electric arc furnaces were installed. Soaking pits, a blooming mill, a Steckel mill, an down-coiler and finishing equipment were installed. McLouth was soon established as a growing factor in the marketplace.

    A few years later in 1954, the Trenton Plant was dedicated and McLouth Steel became able to produce iron as an integrated steel mill. Number One blast furnace was constructed with a capacity of 1250 tons a day. The three original 60 ton basic oxygen furnace (BOF) vessels were installed and McLouth became the first plant in North America to make steel via the basic oxygen process. Adding to the melt shop were two 200 ton electric arc furnaces. The reversing Steckel mill was replaced by a six stand continuous 60 inch hot strip rolling mill and a roughing stand was added to compliment the blooming mill. More soaking pits were installed as well as a plant to supply the BOP with oxygen. Two pickle lines were also added along with the slitters.

    1958 saw another major expansion of the plant. A new blast furnace was constructed (Number 2), two 110 ton BOP vessels, and the related support equipment for the BOP and blast furnaces also had their capacity increased. Gas cleaning systems were installed for the melt shop as well. Two Rust slab reheat furnaces were installed to handle stainless steel, as well as the massive grinder and slab unpilers. The grinders, unpilers, and the pusher/bumper units for the two furnaces were supplied by Composite Forgings, Inc.

    Between 1960 and 1964 one more 110 ton BOP vessel was added bringing the 110 ton vessel count to three. McLouth also became the first company to use computer controls on a hot strip mill on November 1, 1962. Significantly, the first "straight stick" slab caster was installed during this period. It was the first in the United States.

    Profitable operations as well as market demand prompted a major commitment to build a Continuous Casting department in 1967 with the announcement of four curved mold continuous casting strands and six lines of three induction slab reheaters. Two additional 110 ton BOP vessels were also added to replace old and obsolete equipment (the 60 ton vessels). With these improvements to McLouth's steel making process, McLouth became the first steel mill to eventually produce 100% of its product by the continuous casting process, which added significantly to the efficiency of the operations and improved the quality of the finished product.

    The plant was sold in 1996 to Detroit Steel Company.
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