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The now closed Allegheny Ludlum 8-7 Department — better known as the Natrona Pennsylvania melt shop. Most of the grain or electrical steel is now melted in nearby Brackenridge. The final Natrona melting took place in July 2010. Located along Federal and North Canal Streets in Natrona, the plant operated since the 1960s. At Natrona, steel scrap was melted in three 70-ton induction furnaces. The steel was fed into one of two basic oxygen furnaces, which melted silicon electrical steels as well as stainless steels for finishing at other facilities.
Natrona, originally known as East Tarentum, was built as a company town by the Pennsylvania Salt Manufacturing Company in the 1850s