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1742

First iron furnace in West Virginia was established by Thomas Mayberry at Bloomery near present Harpers Ferry; the Quaker William Vestal erected Vestal's Bloomery near the Shenandoah River in present Jefferson County; iron industry develops

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1763

John Semple constructed West Virginia's first blast furnace

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1794

The Peter Tarr Furnace was established in present Hancock County, the first iron furnace west of the mountains

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1798

Samuel Hanway established the Fock Forge on Deckers Creek near Morgantown

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1809

Samuel Jackson established Jackson's Ironworks at Ices Ferry

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1832

Capon Iron Works was built by James Sterrett

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1834

Top Mill was established in Wheeling by Pittsburgh ironmasters

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1860

Reported 28 charcoal iron furnaces had been constructed in West Virginia

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1874

Investors erected a coke-fueled blast furnace along the C&O railway

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1882

Welded-steel pipe was first introduced to Wheeling

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1884

The Quinnimont iron furnace was closed

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1890

Congress enacted the McKinley tariff to stimulate the domestic production of tin plate

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1905

Earnest T. Weir purchased the Jackson Iron & Tin Company tin mill at Clarksburg

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1909

The Jackson Iron & Tin Company relocated to Holiday Cove in Hancock County

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1918

Weirton Steel Corporation was formed

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1920

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

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1929

Weirton Steel Corporation merged with Michigan Steel of Detroit and M.A. Hanna Steel of Cleveland to form National Steel Corporation

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1968

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

1982

Weirton workers purchased the plant from National Steel Corporation

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2004

Weirton Steel ceased to be an employee-owned company

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