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Valley's steel history forging a new path, but with similarities to the past

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - An industrial heritage roundtable was held at the Youngstown Country Club on Friday.

The Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation hosted the luncheon with discussion centered around V & M Star's investment in steelmaking at Brier Hill and how that development mirrors the Mahoning Valley's steel past.

"There were quite a few historical developments that happened at Brier Hill over the years and what V&M is doing today is actually repeating history of something that happened back in 1912 and 1913 when new technologies were developed and they decided they would expand and improve the plant," says Rick Rowland, executive director of the Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation.

Over it's history, Youngstown Sheet and Tube made seamless steel pipe, one of it's many products. With V & M's commitment to manufacturing seamless steel pipe for the shale industry, the Valley's steel history seems to be repeating itself.

Rowland says, while history does repeat itself, we can learn from what happened in the past to guide us into the future.

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