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the "Fifty", a massive press forge that presses foot-thick chunks of raw metal into precise airplane and engine parts in a single 50,000-ton stroke. note the man standing next to it for scale

After World War II and the toppling of the Nazi regime, the Soviets laid claim to much of Germany’s highly-advanced metallurgy industry. In so doing they got a head start on the Cold War race…

China steel output rises despite reduction pledges - The Express Tribune

Sparks fly as the Foundry's new arc furnace is tilted to pour molten steel into a ladle for transfer to the Argon Oxygen Decarbonization (AOD) vessel. Photo by Chris Oxley

Sparks fly as the Foundry's new arc furnace is tilted to pour molten steel into a ladle for transfer to the Argon Oxygen Decarbonization (AOD) vessel. Photo by Chris Oxley

Bethlehem Steel | Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

As my novel "Hometown News" demonstrates, the Rust Belt wasn't all big cities. (Bethlehem Steel, once a symbol of American industry, went bankrupt in Photograph by Jeremy Blakeslee)