Metals Need A Few Support Beams

For steelmakers, falling prices and labor issues loom large in '96

At the dawn of 1995, Matthew Botsford, chairman of World Class Steel, was confidently raising money to build a $450 million minimill near Pittsburgh. If anyone epitomized America's resurgence in the steel industry, it was Botsford, an entrepreneur who had built a successful $20 million steel-finishing business and was following in the footsteps of Andrew Carnegie.

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