Jones and Laughlin Historical

Jones and Laughlin Historical (HM1W71)

Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Allegheny County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 25.577', W 79° 57.229'

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The partnership between Jones & Laughlin combined the skills of an older financial genius with those of a brilliant young entrepreneur. Before the Civil War, Jones established a rolling mill on the South Side, and Laughlin subsequently built an iron furnace on this side of the river. The two firms formed the Jones & Laughlin Company.

J&L began as a family business and the principal partners trained their sons and brothers to take over executive positions. Jones based the management on "Vertical Combination"-the concept of owning raw materials, fuel, transportation, and other requirements needed to create a finished product. J&L owned iron ore mines near Lake Michigan, coal mines in Washington and Greene Counties, a Blair County limestone company, and drilled natural gas wells to supply the mill. The company established docks on Lake Erie and owned hundreds of barges.

On January 1, 1900, J&L made a momentous decision to shift exclusively to the fabrication of products made from steel. Although the Eliza blast furnaces continued to smelt iron used to make the steel, J&L no longer made iron products.

At its peak in the 20th century, J&L employed 30,000 workers and occupied over seven miles of riverfront. For more than a century, J&L's smoke stacks, furnaces, rolling mills, coke ovens and factory buildings lined both sides of the river.
HM NumberHM1W71
Placed ByPA DCNR, Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, City of PIttsburgh, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
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Date Added Friday, December 9th, 2016 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 588744 N 4475597
Decimal Degrees40.42628333, -79.95381667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 25.577', W 79° 57.229'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 25' 34.6200" N, 79° 57' 13.7400" W
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Area Code(s)412, 724
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Pittsburgh PA 15213, US
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