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There are few materials more widely used by mankind than steel in today’s age, and it’s a material that help spring load the world into an industrial revolution. Here’s a very brief history of steel and how it’s played such an important role in human history.

Early Beginnings

Iron has been used for thousands of years for basic tools and weaponry. Its wide availability and durability was what made it so popular. However, iron alone is quite heavy, and will eventually crack and break over time and under extreme conditions. With advances in technology in furnaces, and the increasing demand for a lighter and more durable metal, blacksmiths were able to discover that heating iron to extreme temperatures burned out a large amount of trapped oxygen and other impurities to create a more dense but lighter object known as steel.

Industrial Revolution

Steel had been in great demand around the world many years before the industrial revolution, but methods to mass-produce steel, and ways to transport it cost effectively were not caught up yet. Shipping improvements, the development of railroads and canals such as the Erie canal helped open doors for transporting steel, and conveyor system improvements and other improvements in mass production all helped match the demand for steel. Additionally methods for producing steel emerged, and a variety of steel products became available to meet a wider variety of needs. With limited governmental supervision in the industrial production industry, and no competition that could stand up to a single powerful company, Carnage’s steel industry caught fire and made him one of the wealthiest people of all time.


With the development of anti trust laws, many steel companies were able to form, which were able to discover new and improved ways of making different forms and types of steel. Steel seems like an old and less glamorous industry today, but there is still a huge demand around the world for steel distributors like Capital Steel & Wire to supply them with the most widely used metal in the world.

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