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Steel Industry Workers
Steel industry workers melt, mold, and form iron ore and other materials to make the iron and steel used in countless products. These workers operate furnaces, molding equipment, and rolling and finishing machines to make iron pipes, grates, steel slabs, bars, billets, sheets, rods, wires, and plates. Iron and steel products range from carpentry nails to building girders and from cars to guitar strings. In 2013, the U.S. steel industry operated more than 100 facilities employing 152,900 people, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.