New Guidebook on the Bethlehem Steel Plant

Jun 18th, 2015Press Release from Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Easton, PA – The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Inc. is pleased to announce the publication of Steelmaking in Bethlehem, PA: The Final Years. The booklet has been designed as a guidebook/souvenir for the thousands of yearly visitors to the former steel plant. Included is a brief history of the plant, a description of operations, and the issues that resulted in plant closure.

The 24‐page booklet includes over 20 historic photographs, diagrams and plant maps, many in color. Most of the photos are from the Bethlehem Steel Archives at the National Canal Museum in Easton. The photos, along with diagrams, are used to explain the steps in producing iron and steel and the rolling of structural shapes. The two detailed plant maps highlight the facilities in operation in the 1990s and the layout and flow of materials throughout the plant.

The author, John Lovis, an engineer with 39 years’ experience with the steel company, retired in 1995 as Director of Strategic Planning. He describes the changing market conditions and developments in new technology that ultimately led to the closing of the plant. Placing this in context, he reviews not only the impact closing had on the community, but the impact that new technologies in steelmaking have had on communities throughout the developed world. Written in layman’s terms, it has been described by a former rolling‐mill superintendent as “A booklet anyone interested in steel mills and Bethlehem, PA should read.”

Steelmaking in Bethlehem, PA – The Final Years by John B. Lovis retails for $4.50 and is available at the Moravian Book Shop, Historic Bethlehem’s visitor center, and at the SteelStacks/ ArtsQuest visitor centers in Bethlehem. It may also be purchased at the Canal Museum store in Hugh Moore Park, Easton. For more information:

Martha Capwell Fox (National Canal Museum) 610 923‐3548 ex 237 or John B. Lovis (author) 610‐965‐2904.


The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that preserves historic pathways that carried coal and iron from Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia. Today, the D&L Trail connects people to nature, culture, communities, recreation and our industrial heritage.


For more information, please contact:

Terri Monserrat

Research & Development Assistant

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

2750 Hugh Moore Park Rd. Easton, PA

610.923.3548 ex: 224 or gro.hgiheldnaerawalednull@irret

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