Foundation to host industrial roundtable

Staff report


The Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation hosts its inaugural industrial heritage roundtable today with guest speaker Dan Mihalik of V&M Star at the Youngs-town Country Club, 1402 Country Club Drive.

The event begins with a social hour at 11:30 a.m., and the lunch and speaking program starts at noon.

The roundtable will explore the present and future of the area’s industry and manufacturing. Mihalik, Eastern Regional sales manager for V&M Star, will speak about the company’s investment in steelmaking at the former Brier Hill Works of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.

The Brier Hill neighborhood historically has been a leader in the development of new manufacturing trends in the Mahoning Valley. The program will explore current development as a continuation of the investments made at Brier Hill since 1846. V&M recently completed a $1 billion expansion project at its site on the Girard-Youngstown line.

The mill’s expansion is in response to the exploration of the Marcellus and Utica shales, which are expected to bring thousands of drilling and related jobs to the area.

An update will be provided on YSHF’s efforts to preserve the Valley’s industrial heritage, including a preview of plans to create a Mahoning Valley Manufacturing Showcase at Tod Engine Heritage Park in Youngstown.

The group also will announce a spring open house at the park slated for April or May as well as an expansion of the park, plans to purchase a hot-metal railroad car manufactured by the local Pollock Co. from a now-closed steel plant in Warren, and start of the YSHF capital campaign.

Future discussions in the roundtable series will feature prominent industry leaders. All topics will be presented in a historical context of the Valley’s manufacturing and industrial heritage.

For information on the Steel Heritage Foundation, contact Rick Rowlands at, or call 330-272-4089.

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