Washington Post – From this hilltop town overlooking the Ohio River, I scan the community of Aliquippa on the opposite bank for any remnant of the vast Jones & Laughlin Steel complex that once employed 10,000 there.
“They tore the last of it down years ago,” a passing police officer explains. A few far smaller non-steel businesses now operate on the site. Spontaneously, and ever so slightly wistfully, he adds: “My whole family worked down there.”
J & L, as the steelmaker was known, is gone; it’s highly improbable this area will ever see its like again.
However, here’s what you can see across the Western Pennsylvania mill and mine region that lies between the nation’s capital and Cleveland, scene of this week’s Republican jamboree…