The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum
Bethlehem Steel Corporation — 1904
Site Name: Bethlehem Steel Corporation

Location: Bethlehem, Northampton County

Dates of Operation: 1904 to 2003

Owners: Augustus Wolle and Saucona Iron Company; Bethlehem Iron Company; Bethlehem Steel Company; Bethlehem Steel Corporation

Historical Significance: Bethlehem Steel Corporation was once America’s second largest steel producer, after United States Steel. It was a powerful symbol of American industrial leadership and manufacturing: leading producer of railroad freight cars, large supplier to the shipbuilding industry, and made product for the military and American landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge. Bethlehem Steel Corporation’s demise is often linked to the U.S. economy’s inability to compete with foreign industrial manufacturing.