Bay View Rolling Mill : The Reason We Exist
Description:
Medals awarded to W.W. Steiner for 35 years of service at the Bay View Rolling Mill.

What's the story?:
The mill went by various names over the years-both officially and unofficially-such as the Bay View Rolling Mill, Milwaukee Iron Company, North Chicago Rolling Mill, Illinois Steel Company, and United States Steel. In 1873, a nationwide panic slowed down the company, and the Milwaukee Iron Company went bankrupt in October 1876. Rumors of a permanent shutdown filled the air, but the mill recovered after it was bought by the North Chicago Rolling Mill in 1878. More workers were then hired. In 1889, the mill became the Illinois Steel Company, and expanded again: more buildings were built along the waterfront, and new products-not just rails-began being manufactured. In 1899, at a time when the plant employed 1,600 men, the Illinois Steel Company was absorbed into the United States Steel Company, but was allowed to keep its name. The mill was in business for another 30 years. At its height, it was one of the most extensive companies of its kind that was not located in the Eastern United States.
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Reverse of medals awarded to W.W. Steiner for 25 and 35 years of serviceReverse of medals awarded to W.W. Steiner for 25 and 35 years of service
Obverse of service medals awarded for 25 and 35 years serviceObverse of service medals awarded for 25 and 35 years service