Win a tour of U. S. Steel’s Edgar Thomson Plant

Edgar Thompson Steel Mill. Photo by Jason Cohn

U. S. Steel is teaming up with Grounded Strategies to raise funds for Grounded’s efforts to revitalize vacant land in Braddock, Pa., and transform it into vibrant, productive community spaces.  To support these efforts, U. S. Steel is offering a tour of its historic Braddock steelmaking facility – the Edgar Thomson Plant – as a prize in a Grounded Strategies’ fundraising raffle. One hundred percent of the raffle proceeds benefit Grounded Strategies and their work in Braddock. Learn more about Grounded and their work here.

Winners will receive:

  • A package of two or four tickets for a tour of U. S. Steel’s Edgar Thomson Plant on Friday, October 12, 2018.  Tour will last approximately three hours and will include a drive-by viewing of the plant’s blast furnace operations, walking tours inside the plant’s steelmaking facilities (basic oxygen furnace and continuous caster), and a brief question-and-answer session.  

All tour participants must be 21 years of age or older and have valid government-issued photo identification to present on the day of the tour.  The tour will involve a fair amount of walking and stair climbing in locations where elevators are not available. Tour participants will also be visiting working areas where air temperatures will be well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  All safety equipment will be provided by U. S. Steel. No photos or videos will be allowed during the tour.

About U. S. Steel’s Edgar Thomson Plant

U. S. Steel’s Edgar Thomson Plant is located in Braddock, Pa, about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.  The plant has been operating continuously since 1875 and was Andrew Carnegie’s first steel plant in the United States.  The facility was named after Edgar J. Thomson, the president of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Coincidentally, Pennsylvania Railroad also placed the plant’s first order – for 2,000 steel rails.

Today, “ET,” as it’s known to most U. S. Steel employees, is where the steelmaking process begins for the company’s operations in the state.  Raw materials, including coke produced at the nearby Clairton Plant in Clairton, are combined in the plant’s two blast furnaces – the last in the entire state – to produce liquid iron.  The molten iron is then moved to the “Steel Shop,” where it’s transformed into steel in the Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF). A typical BOF “charge” takes 40 minutes and creates enough steel (500,000 pounds) to make 5,000 refrigerators or 3,000 washing machines.  After a series of processes that refine the steel’s chemistry to match specific customer needs, the molten steel is then funneled into the plant’s dual-strand continuous caster, where it’s slowly formed into slabs that are torch cut, stamped for identification, inspected, and loaded for shipment to the nearby Irvin Plant in West Mifflin for rolling into thin-gauge sheet and further processing.  ET is capable of producing 2.9 million net tons of steel per year, and its products serve customers in the appliance, automotive, and construction (metal buildings and home construction) industries.

Winners will be selected on Friday September 14, 2018. There is no limit to raffle entries. 

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