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High Hopes and Failure

High Hopes and Failure

(p.110) (p.111) 3 High Hopes and Failure
Mastering Iron
Anne Kelly KnowlesChester Harvey
University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents case studies of two U.S. companies—Farrandsville Furnace and Lonaconing Furnace—that failed to replicate British smelting technologies and large rolling mill operations. It shows that American iron manufacturers could not match the productivity of the British industry until they solved the frustrating and expensive problems posed by their own country’s physical geography, mineral geology, labor supply, labor relations, and the vastness of American distances.

Keywords:   iron industry, ironworks, Farrandsville Furnace, Lonaconing Furnace, British smelting technologies, American iron manufacturers

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