Examines the steel industry in Youngstown, Ohio during World War II. Focuses on the steel production including the open hearth furnace and hot strip mill. Workers Mike Ubinski and Earl Strong remove a molten sample from an open hearth furnace and quench it in water. They then hammer the sample to prepare it for analysis. Earl Strong playing bass in the Youngstown Orchestra. The conductor is Michael Ficocelli, who is also time keeper at the steel mill. Shot of old man playing the violin. At the steel mill, the open hearth furnace is tapped. A 'pit gang,' several worker, throw alloy metal into the pit furnace from above. The 100 ton ladle containing molten steel is moved by crane and poured into ingot molds. A worker pulls another molten test sample from the ingots for testing. Ingots on train move from open hearth furnace to the ingot mill. Hot ingots being rolled by machine into slabs. Workers George Bannin and Clarence Ginny manipulate controls for machinery that rolls ingots into slabs. Worker Fred Ingram controls machinery that cuts steel slab using hydraulic sheers. Union workers gathered at a conference table as union leader Fred Ingram leads them in discussion. Hot strip mill where steels slabs are rolled into steel sheets. Sheet of hot steel moves down conveyor to end of mill. Steel workers leaving the steel plant at end of their shift. Exterior views of steel plant in Youngstown, Ohio.
Workers return to work at steel mills in Youngstown, Ohio. A group of steel mill workers reads a newspaper with a headline about the reopening of the steel mills after a strike. The workers return to work. They walk and enter the steel mills. National Guardsmen loaded in a truck as they protect the workers returning to work. The workers lined up on a bridge.
Exterior of steel mill in Youngstown, Ohio. Houses next to steel mill. Downtown Youngstown Ohio. Transit bus picks up passengers. POV bus traveling downtown street. Family with child exits bus. Shoe store window downtown with pedestrians. Workers entering steel mills via overhead bridges. Steam locomotive trains passing steel mills with good nat sound of whistles. Overhead crane bucket picking up iron ore. Bucket dropping iron ore into skip hoist. Skip hoist buckets moving up conveyor to blast furnace top. Workers smelting iron ore in blast furnace. Molten iron and slag pouring from blast furnace. Johnny Chonko controlling wheel to adjust blast control to furnace. Pete Zeeman, the 'blower' looks through blast furnace look glass to evaluate. Frank Melai, an immigrant from Italy, at the blast furnace. Frank looking at his Christmas tree at home with family. Frank's family opens gifts during Christmas. Frank puts a new smoking pipe into his mouth.
Traffic on streets in city of Youngstown Ohio. Point of view shot from a moving car showing 1930s and 1940s vintage automobiles crossing Market Street Bridge in Youngstown.
POV overhead crane view of steel mill floor in the open hearth area. Workers 'slagging' and open hearth furnace by throwing shovels full of dolomite into the hearth. Worker Tommy Hughs pours huge ladle of hot iron from the blast furnace into the open hearth furnace. Foremen Billy Reilly and John Strouse confer. John's son, Ed Strouse, seen as a high school football player on the bench during a game. High school football in Youngstown, Ohio. Audience cheers. Score keepers at score board. Band players. High school Principal Glasgow talks to student Ed Strouse. Boys in vocational class view engine of a car. Lunch line at high school cafeteria. Students eating lunch at high school cafeteria. Students leaving high school at end of day.
Slum plans gets underway in Youngstown. Execution of low cost housing plans. Demolition of the old tenement buildings. Many citizens watch the demolition of the houses.