The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum
Hussey, Wells, & Company — 1859
Site Name: Hussey, Wells, & Company

Location: Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Dates of Operation: 1859 to 1900

Owners: Dr. Curtis G. Hussey, Calvin Wells, Thomas M. Howe, and James Cooper

Historical Significance: Hussey, Wells, & Company was the first firm in America to successfully make crucible steel. The crucible steelmaking process allowed for stronger steel than previous processes. Crucible steel, a hard and strong type of steel, was often used in tools, especially those used to manufacture steels.