National Works employed 4,500 workers in the late 1970s. The demand for tubular products as a result of the oil and natural gas boom prompted U.S. Steel to resume production at the plant in May 2011. The company took over the operation from Camp Hill Inc., which had leased the mill from U.S. Steel. The pipe mill is on the site of the former U.S. Steel National Works, which once employed thousands and gave the city its moniker, "Tube City."
McKeesport's population peaked at 55,355 in 1940. Its 2016 estimated population is 19,273 -- a drop of 36,082 (65%).
Residents of Pennsylvania Steel County Watch Sadly as the Mills Cut Back. The New York Times, 10/18/1982
Mr. Baron works at U.S. Steel's national tube plant in McKeesport, Pa. Usually he works in quality control, he says, but, as with many steelworkers, reduction in steel production has meant he is ''working all over the mill,'' meaning one job this minute, another the next. Mr. Scott, normally a bargeman at U.S. Steel's Clairton Works, has been employed in the steel business 27 years. He says that he is now working four days a week and that he has also had to work beneath his normal position, at one point as a laborer. ''He's picking gravel like the chickens,'' Mr. O'Brien said.
Other disappearing cities and boroughs of the Keystone StateAliquippa. (1/12/2019)
Dickson City. (1/26/2019)
McKees Rocks. (1/31/2019)
Other U.S. disappearing cities:
Baltimore, Maryland. (12/31/2018)
Benton Harbor, Michigan. (1/15/2019)
Buffalo, New York, (1/8/2019)
Cairo, Illinois. (1/5/2019)
Cleveland, Ohio (1/2/2019)
Detroit, Michigan. (1/1/2019)
East St. Louis, Illinois. (1/11/2019)
Flint, Michigan. (1/7/2019)
Gary, Indiana. (1/4/2019)
St. Louis, Missouri. (1/2/2019)
Wheeling, West Virginia. (1/16/2019)
Youngstown, Ohio. (1/9/2019)