Published: Sunday, September 16, 2007
January 1969: Lykes Corp., a New Orleans steamship company, takes over ownership of...
January 1969: Lykes Corp., a New Orleans steamship company, takes over ownership of Youngstown Sheet & Tube, which was founded in 1901.
June 1977: Sheet & Tube reports second-quarter loss.
August 1977: 150 jobs cut at Sheet & Tube headquarters.
September 1977: Sheet & Tube announces closing of its Campbell Works, the relocation of its headquarters from Boardman to the Chicago area and the elimination of 5,000 jobs. Within 10 days, more than 1,000 workers are out of work.
November 1977: Lykes announces plans to merge with LTV Corp.'s Jones & Laughlin Steel division.
February 1978: Ecumenical Coalition of the Mahoning Valley kicks off the Save Our Valley campaign.
September 1978: Religious leaders and economic experts announce $525 million plan to reopen Campbell Works.
December 1978: Sheet & Tube name disappears as its parent company, Lykes, receives approval to merge with Jones and Laughlin Steel.
March 1979: Carter Administration refuses to fund reopening of the Campbell Works.
May 1979: Ecumenical Coalition gives up attempt to save the mill.
November 1979: U.S. Steel announces that it will close its Ohio Works and McDonald Works, which will eliminate 3,600 jobs.
December 1979: The last blast furnace at the Campbell Works shuts down, signaling the end for 1,400 former Sheet & Tube workers still on the job there at the Brier Hill Works.
January 1982: Republic Steel begins massive layoffs at its pipe mill and blast furnace in Youngstown that eventually will eliminate 2,600 jobs in the city. In 2002, the pipe mill was sold to Maverick Tube, which later closed it.
October 1983: Republic Steel approves merger with LTV Corp.
August 1986: The last of the former Sheet & Tube operations in Youngstown and Campbell are shut down by LTV. Nearly 300 jobs are lost.
April 2001: CSC in Warren, formerly Copperweld Steel, closes, eliminating 1,400 jobs. Today, an investment group is working on restarting part of the mill.
Source: Vindicator files