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A huge ladle in the McKeesport plant of the nation tube company is pictured here as it pours molten pig iron into an open hearth furnace. The iron, plus steel scarp and other materials, is made into steel in open hearth furnaces. The plant just reopened after the steel strike on Nov. 14, 1949.
Bruce Spiegel's new documentary "City of Steel" highlights the history of Pittsburgh's steel industry through the scarfers, mechanics, crane operators and labor activists who lived through it.
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