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September 30, 2010: Wheeling-La Belle Nail Company closed


The Wheeling-La Belle Nail Company (formerly La Belle Ironworks) manufactured cut nails, using 19th-century machines and technology well into the 21st Century. Located in south Wheeling, the La Belle Ironworks was founded in 1852, and took its name from the French name for the Ohio River, La Belle Rivière, ‘‘the beautiful river.’’ Making cut nails was an important 19th-century American manufacture, and nail production became a hallm...

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