Comment 82532

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted November 01, 2012 at 20:24:50

Manufacturing bulk cheap steel products in the First World is probably failing business strategy for the foreseeable future, at least as long as competition from Mexico, China etc is a prospect. Focusing on this type of steelmaking was one of the many poor decisions made by old Stelco management which led to this state of affairs. It has to be mentioned, however, that there's another major steelmakers in this town(!) which focused on higher end products (advanced alloys, etc) and instead became one of the most profitable plants on the continent.

I'd love to see the waterfront free of all industry (see my screen name), but I wouldn't want that to happen at the expense of another area with worse health, safety and environmental laws. If world-class steelmaking is possible here, then it's something we shouldn't write off. This is the kind of production Hamilton needs, not suburban warehouse districts and sprawl housing.

Wouldn't it be nice if "steelmaking" were acutally a serious job prospect for young people in Hamilton?

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