McDonald Steel

The McDonald Steel Plant, located in McDonald, Ohio, not far from Youngstown, manufactures hot rolled steel parts. The products that they create include various shapes, some of which can be quite intricate. Highway bridge decking and truck wheel rims are some of the parts that they are known for selling. The business is located in the manufacturing and steel mill capital of Ohio.

McDonald Steel was first formed in 1981 after property that was owned by U.S. Steel was purchased. The company initially used two pusher furnaces, which were over eighty years old, before they finally replaced them with a walking-hearth reheat furnace in 2007. The process of replacing the furnaces cost the company $7.5 million, but dramatically improved the manufacturing capabilities of the company. The furnace uses less natural gas and requires less maintenance than the previous design, adding to the new system’s value.

Using the new furnace, McDonald Steel can be considered one of the most cutting edge businesses in the industry. Products are built with the assistance of Computer Aided Design, which helps operate the highly accurate lathes. In addition to the company’s cutting edge technology, McDonald is also recognized as having among the highest inventory of tools in the world, with over five hundred used for steel shaping.

In the past, asbestos was widely considered to be one of the most beneficial substances to use in steel manufacturing plants, and there have been times when it was used by the McDonald Steel Plant. Asbestos was used because it is an incredibly heat resistant material.

The material is entirely fireproof and does not conduct electricity. This made it ideal for insulating machinery and piping that became extremely hot, as well as for heat resistant clothing. The substance was quite cheap and relatively common. Asbestos is also a completely natural substance, which is part of the reason why it was assumed to be harmless in the first place.

While exposure to asbestos rarely has any negative effects in the short term, the long term reactions can be devastating. The fibers can becomes extremely dangerous once they are breathed into the lungs. They eventually make their way into the lining of the chest cavity. They body is incapable for removing the crystalline fibers from the body. The fibers interfere with cell division, which often results in a cancer known as mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is an extremely painful disease that virtually guarantees death to a victim within two years of the appearance of symptoms. In reality, the cancer takes decades to do its work, but is almost never caught before symptoms manifest.