Alton Steel

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Alton Steel is a steel manufacturer, based in Alton, Illinois. The company is a reincarnation of the Laclede Steel Company, which halted operations of its mill in 1998.[1] The company entered bankruptcy in 2001, but emerged in 2003 with the new name and new owners. The reborn company employs over 260 hourly and 100 salaried workers in the area.[2]


Laclede Steel was incorporated in 1911 by Thomas Russell Akin who was succeeded by William Markham Akin who in turn was succeeded by Paul B. Akin (Paul's son Congressman and 2012 Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin was a manager of the company but did not became chairman).[3] It owned two electric-arc furnaces, and owned mills in Alton, Illinois, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, Vandalia, Illinois and Benwood, West Virginia. Its products included strip, hot rolled bars, wire, pipe, structural tubing and plate.

Laclede was one of the companies contracted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to supply steel for construction of the World Trade Center in 1967.[4] The Port Authority chose to use many different, smaller steel suppliers such as Laclede, bidding on smaller portions of steel, rather than buying larger amounts from a single source such as Bethlehem Steel or U.S. Steel as a cost-saving measure.[5]

Working in the steel mill was featured in an episode of Dirty Jobs.


  1. ^ "U.S. & Illinois Reach Settlement with Bankrupt Laclede Steel to Facilitate Clean-up & Reopening of Alton, Illinois Mill". U.S. Department of Justice. 2003-01-22.
  2. ^ "Bankrupt Laclede Steel Re-Open Doors". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-17.
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  4. ^ "Contracts Totaling $74,079,000 Awarded for the Trade Center". The New York Times. January 24, 1967.
  5. ^ Gillespie, Angus K. (1999). Twin Towers: The Life of New York City's World Trade Center. Rutgers University Press. p. 83.

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