after 100 years, w.va. mill still standing - plastic foil packaging
The city's welcome sign proudly claims that Wilton is "forged by steel ".
"However, the ancelormittal steel plant was only a small part of what it used to be, down from 1,000 in its heyday to 14,000.
Although the factory on the Ohio River in West Virginia no longer produces steel, it still stands still, celebrating the survival of a century.
Ten years later, dozens of other AmericansS.
Steel companies began to collapse, and steel mills in West Virginia still have a place in the competitive steel industry.
People who work for the world's largest steel producer are working on steel produced in other factories and then sending it to other companies to make cans.
"We are still standing when many other companies are gone," 900-
Member Union Steel worker 2911
"It's a steel town. it's still a steel town. . . .
We have 100, and hopefully we have 100.
"We are not over yet," announced factory manager Brian James . "
"In a typical mill town on the Ohio River, Wilton's wealth grew together with Ernest T's.
Will, he established his business here in 1906.
Today, with the development of the labor force and the former Welton steel company, the population has decreased.
It has been consumed by the power of global competition and integration.
The blast furnace is cold and the plate field is empty. Today, 30,000-
The pound-heavy steel roll arrived by rail from Indiana, after re-heating and softening, and ended up as a can-making customer, mainly the food industry, applying steel to a layer with tin and chromium.
On Friday, a rare visit by the company and union officials showed the soaring overhead cranes of miles, 7-
Story furnace and complex computer system
But few workers
The steel is mainly moved by the machine, which is untied and fed into a furnace that heats and softens the steel and then presses on the thickness of the two sheets of paper.
The steel is repeatedly cleaned and coated with tin or chromium in a bubbling acid bath that relies on an electro-magnetic charge to make the suspended metal stick together.
When the coil is cooled, trimmed and rewound, the coil has grown from 3,000 feet long to 30,000 feet long. Then the tin-
Steel-plated packaging shrink-
Packed on pallets and shipped to those who make cans.
Only a small number of workers were present at each step.
"It's hard to see the whole steel industry going through change, but the world has changed," says Glyptis . ".
"Of course, it's frustrating that we don't have the number of previous employees.
On the other hand, we have opportunities that no one else has.
Will's early steel mills became part of the National Steel Company.
In a small town of about 25,000 people, almost everyone supports it.
Wilton was nicknamed the "Beast of the East" and did not thrive until more than 1970 years old when aluminum and plastic packaging began to replace its long-produced cans.
By 1982, National had completed its investment in West Virginia's largest private employer.
In 1984, workers acquired the company through an employee stock ownership plan. Brought back the name of Wilton steel and stuck for nearly 20 years as foreign competition and integration of domestic industries destroyed dozens of American steel companiesS.
Factories and thousands of jobs.
However, in 2003, the factory was sold in the bankruptcy court and then again, eventually becoming part of Luxembourg --
The headquarters is located in ancelormittal.
Although they closed the blast furnace and canceled their jobs, the new owners have invested nearly $10 million and are planning more upgrades.
Wilton is now "a scale-
James said, "the version of the past," but the operational efficiency is higher than ever before.
Higher output, less damaged products discarded. Weirton's on-
Time delivery has also become "much better", James said ".
Both James and Glyptis believe that customer satisfaction and commitment to quality are key to survival in a competitive market.
Wilton's main customers include Nestle and Bauer.
Both companies operate nearby and use steel to make their own cans.
But there is a lot of competition pressure, and the biggest threat to Wilton still comes from
Called alternative packaging.
"It's hard to find a steel can when you go to the grocery store," he said . ".
For example, it is also possible for tuna to be sealed in foil packs.
Glyptis says his employees have long understood that they are part of a new global market and only the best people can survive.
"If we were the best, customers would come to us," he said . ".
"This is for customers --Drive decision making.
But if we are better than everyone else, we have a chance to grow.
"So Welton went on, not sullen.
Charlie tyes, rolling operations manager, pointed out that this is a symbol of a new attitude on the rolling mill floor.
In the past, workers wore orange helmets and managers wore white hats.
It's all yellow today.
"We all wear hats of the same color because we are all together," he said.