Preserving local steel history

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation recently held an inaugural industrial heritage roundtable to discuss plans for preserving area steel history.

Plans include the creation of a Mahoning Valley Manufacturing Showcase at the Tod Engine Heritage Park on Hubbard Road.

The Tod Engine Heritage Park is a 1.2-acre site in northeast Youngstown, where a collection of historic steelmaking equipment resides. A spring open house is being planned.

Rick Rowlands, executive director of YSHF and a Hubbard native, addressed industry leaders to discuss the historical context of manufacturing and industrial heritage of the Mahoning Valley. He has been active in the steel preservation movement since 1990.

Rowlands and others highlighted the past, current and future events related to industry in the Mahoning Valley.

Other plans are an expansion of the Tod Engine Heritage Park and plans to purchase a hot metal railroad car manufactured by the local Pollock Co. from a now-closed steel plant in Warren.

The mission of the YSHF, founded in 1993, is to preserve historically significant steelmaking equipment, records and documents, and to educate the public about industrial heritage through the operation of the Tod Engine Heritage Park in Youngstown.

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