Book ID: CBB022226024

Iron Valley: The Transformation of the Iron Industry in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley, 1802–1913 (2017)


Ruminski, Clayton J. (Author)

Trillium, an imprint of The Ohio State University Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: xiii + 322; illustrations, figures, tables, appendixes, bibliography, notes, index
Language: English

Youngstown, Ohio, and the surrounding Mahoning Valley supplied the iron that helped transform the United States into an industrial powerhouse in the nineteenth century. The story of the Mahoning Valley's unorthodox rise from mid-scale iron producer to twentieth-century "Steel Valley" is a tale of innovation, stagnation, and, above all, extreme change. Located halfway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, the Mahoning Valley became a major supplier of pig iron to America's biggest industrial regions. For much of the nineteenth century, outside consumers relied on the Valley's pig iron, but this reliance nurtured a reluctance on the part of Youngstown iron companies to diversify or expand their production. In Iron Valley...Clayton J. Ruminski argues that Youngstown-area iron manufacturers were content to let others in the industry innovate, and only modernized when market conditions forced them to do so. Desperate to find new markets, some Youngstown iron manufacturers eventually looked toward steel and endured a rapid, but successful, industrial transformation that temporarily kept their old enterprises afloat in a rapidly evolving industry...Iron Valley sheds light on a previously underrepresented and vital region that built industrial America. (Publisher)

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Review Virginia P. Dawson (2016) Review of "Iron Valley: The Transformation of the Iron Industry in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley, 1802–1913". IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology (pp. 69-70). unapi

Review Richard Oestreicher (Spring 2018) Review of "Iron Valley: The Transformation of the Iron Industry in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley, 1802–1913". Business History Review (pp. 215-216). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Reynolds, Terry S.
John H. Kopmeier
Ruminski, Clayton J.
Christian Gelzer
William Sissons
Hill, Malcolm R.
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Icon: Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology
Technology's Stories
Ohio History
Mining History Journal
Michigan Historical Review
University of Toledo
University of West Virginia Press
Ohio University Press
Kent State University Press
Facts on File
Iron and iron industry
Steel and steel industry
Iron Mines and Mining
Industrial archaeology
Blast furnaces
Iron, Cast
Charles Whittlesey
Newberry, John Strong
Morley, Edward Williams
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
United States
Ohio (U.S.)
Muskingum River
Youngstown, OH
Great Lakes (North America)
American Patent Agency

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