A steel company and a city: How Armco and Middletown grew together

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Since its beginnings in 1899, the success and fortunes of the company now known as AK Steel and Middletown have been largely intertwined.

When George M. Verity founded the American Rolling Mill Co., better known as Armco Steel, Middletown was already flourishing with several paper companies and a tobacco company, said Sam Ashworth, local historian and former Armco Steel employee who worked there from 1964 to 1979. He said it took about a decade before Armco found its niche providing steel for cars, appliances and other products.

“That’s when things took off,” Ashworth said.

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