Most of us are aware that in 1942 the government seized the town of Alvira and surrounding towns, evicting the residents and bulldozing the farms to build The Pennsylvania Ordinance Works, a TNT manufacturing and storage facility for the war effort. (You can read more about that here.)
But did you know they also took over the steel plant in Danville, Pa.? Unlike the residents of Alvira however, Danville sought to negotiate with the War Department. The Bethlehem Steel Company had "curtailed activities here within recent months to the inability of obtaining re-rolling rails." Realizing the need for a new industry, the Chamber of Commerce approached the War Production Board.
In 1942, Danville Structural Steel was owned and operated by Bethlehem Steel. Built in 1847 as the Rough and Read Mill, it had changed hands many times over the years, before being purchased by Charles Schwab in 1928. Schwab turned the plant over to Bethlehem Steel in 1930 when he became president of the Bethlehem corporation.