The Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company was incorporated in Ohio on Nov. 23, 1900, and grew to be one of the six largest basic steel companies in the United States. On May 28, 1969, it became a subsidiary of the Lykes-Youngstown Corporation and on May 11, 1976, of the Lykes Corporation. In 1978, Lykes Corporation was acquired by LTV Corporation. LTV Corporation was already owned Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, into which Youngstown Sheet and Tube was merged. LTV Corporation acquired Republic Steel Corporation in 1984, and Republic and Jones & Laughlin were consolidated at LTV Steel Company. Most Youngstown and Jones & Laughlin facilities were abandoned in favor of Republic's.
Robert V. Cordingley (1918-1993) was Assistant Distric Manager, East Chicago Works, Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. He retired in 1973. He received his bachelors degree from Grove City College and attended a masters program at the University of Pittsburgh and an Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
Scope and Contents
The work is an insider history and personal memoir by a retired operating official of Youngtown's Indiana Harbor Works. Consequently, it focuses on the company's Chicago District, acquired from the Steel and Tube Company of America in 1923, with the emphasis on personalities and local events during the period of the author's personal experience between 1950 and 1969. It includes descriptions of the physical plant and facilities, the company's internal management-training programs, a plant manager's perspective on industrial relations and strikes, and a short account of the collapse of the company after the conglomerate merger of 1969.