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The area's first steel mill appeared in 1887 when F.H. Buhl, D. Hagan and Samuel McClure organized the Sharon Steel Casting's Company with an open-hearth furnace. Buhl played a crucial role in the development of the industry in the region. His influence extended far beyond his steel mills, making his name synonymous with philanthropic activity. Other companies also participated in the local steel scene. One of the most outstanding was the National Malleable and Steel Casting Company, which came to Sharon in 1900. A combination of several former steel casting manufacturers lead to the first electric furnace in the United States.
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