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  1. historyman
    3/3/2017
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    Love these stories and photos. What a great city Pittsburgh was and can still be. It’s good to honor the past and those who took part. Another good one Steve.

  2. Eric Roehling
    3/4/2017
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    My grandfather was a chemist at Pittsburgh Coke and Chemical. He died in 1962, 10 years before I was born. I always wondered what he did there.

  3. Gaylord Yost
    3/5/2017
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    A neat story and photos. Hopefully someone will step forward with news of Lucielle, wherever she is. Having worked at J and L next to one of those furnaces, I have very sad feelings about what the industrialists of this country let happen to the city of Pittsburgh and one of the worlds largest steel centers. Sad!!! Thanks for your work Steve.

  4. John Koch
    3/11/2017
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    When I became the first environmental health technician at US Steel Chemicals Neville Island Plant, Jim Padovese was the safety technician that taught me the beginnings of understanding chemical safety. This was in the very early ’80’s. Really surprised to stumble across this photo of him from the ’50’s.

    Pittsburgh Coke and Chemicals was broken up into individual process units and sold separately. The blast furnaces and coke ovens went on to become Shenango Steel, the chemical unit was sold to US Steel and became US Steel Chemicals (later to become Aristech Chemical, then Ashland and BASF).

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