The Lukens National Historic DistrictIn 1891 Lukens installed its first two open hearth furnaces which were then quickly upgraded and complemented by four new 35-tons for a total of six. Lukens poured its first heat of steel on February 25, 1892. In 1899 a 48" Universal mill was added. It could roll plates 8" wide to 48" wide with lengths of 100'. Also in 1899, Open Hearth #2 plant was built, adding six 50-ton furnaces for a total of 12.
In 1903 another rolling mill was put into operation, larger than any of its predecessors at that time, with rolls 140" long, making the widest plates of any mill in the country. It also had four furnaces and the capability of shearing plates 2' thick. In 1904 the 134" mill was reduced to the 112" mill with rolls 36" in diameter. It could then roll plates 108" wide. About 1904-1905, Lukens added four more 50-ton furnaces to Open Hearth #2 for a total of 16.
In 1916 Lukens built its 204" rolling mill and then enlarged it to 206" in 1918, giving Lukens the distinction for many years of having the world's largest plate mill. It is a four-high rolling mill, with two working rolls 34" in diameter that directly contact the plate. Reinforcing those are two back-up rolls 50" in diameter. This mill has eight gas-fired furnaces keeping the plates hot during rolling. It is still in operation today.
In 1918 Open Hearth Shop #3 was built, between the #2 shop and Main St., containing eight 100-ton Open Hearth furnaces for a plant total of 24.
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|Date Added||Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 1:16am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 429726 N 4425972|
|Decimal Degrees||39.98100000, -75.82303333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 58.86', W 75° 49.382'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 58' 51.60" N, 75° 49' 22.92" W|
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|Area Code(s)||610, 484|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 54 S 1st Ave, Coatesville PA 19320, US|
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