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Jun 11, 1884

The state's first Bessemer converter began operation at the Riverside Iron Works

1890

The McKinley Tariff passed including duties on tin plate

Other events that happened on or around 1890

1909

A steel strike in Wheeling failed

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1914

Weirton Steel employment was 5,348

Other events that happened on or around 1914

1919

Weirton Steel added a blast furnace

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1920

La Belle Ironworks merged with Wheeling Iron and Steel and Whitaker-Glessner Company to form Wheeling Steel Corporation

Other events that happened on or around 1920

1923

Weirton Steel added another sheet plant

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1926

Weirton Steel contracted for the construction of a continuous sheet steel mill

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1928

Wheeling Steel completed work on its strip mill

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1929

Ernest Weir formed the National Steel corporation with Weirton Steel as its flagship

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1933

Mel Moore and Billy Long led a strike at Weirton Steel

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1937

The National Labor Relations Board charged Weirton Steel with unfair labor practices

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1941

The National Labor Relations Board found Weirton Steel guilty of unfairly promoting its company union

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1950

The Weirton Independent Union was declared a violation of federal labor law

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1968

Wheeling Steel and Pittsburgh Steel merged to form Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation

1981

Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel began construction of continuous caster

Other events that happened on or around 1981

1983

Weirton Steel workers approved the employee stock ownership plan

1985

Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel filed for bankruptcy

Other events that happened on or around 1985

1998

Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Weirton Steel and steel unions lobbied to curb imports

Other events that happened on or around 1998

Nov 16, 2000

Wheeling-Pittsburgh filed again for bankruptcy

May 19, 2003

Weirton Steel declared bankruptcy

2004

Weirton Steel ceased to be an employee-owned company

Other events that happened on or around 2004


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