An alloy composed of iron and carbon. Its high strength and low cost have made it the life blood of virtually every American industry…and Indiana has led the nation in its production for over four decades, providing more than a quarter of our country’s total output of steel. But that kind of achievement didn’t happen in a day. Or in a thousand days…
GARY WORKS, 1925
US Steel was not the first to set foot on Indiana’s pristine lakeshore. Several years earlier, Inland Steel built a plant at Indiana Harbor, branching out from its plant in Chicago Heights. East Chicago’s Inland Steel would become one of the largest steel producers in the country, expanding to four blast furnaces and 9,000 employees in the 1930s, flourishing even in the midst of the Great Depression.
America’s automative industry favored Inland Steel, and it expanded to 25,000 employees by the late 1960s. Maintaining profitability for decades afterwards, despite setbacks, the company was sold, changing hands and names several times, from Inland Steel to Ispat International to the ArcelorMittal of the present day.