Time Period: 1943-1944
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer
Facility Description: Beginning in 1943, Carpenter Steel Corporation was one of the 14 private contractors and vendors that produced fuel for the Oak Ridge X-10 pilot plant reactor and the full-scale Hanford production reactors. As an alternative to extrusion, the Carpenter Steel Company of Reading,
Pennsylvania experimented with rolled uranium rods in July 1944, but these proved to be inferior to the extruded product. The metal tended to form laps and seams on the surfaces of the rolled bars. Carpenter Steel has since changed its name to Carpenter Technology Corporation.
Through DuPont, the Carpenter Steel Company was under contract to the Manhattan Engineer District to conduct experimental uranium metal-forming work in 1944. Historical information is sparse, however, available records indicate that the large-scale uranium hot rolling tests conductedhere were similar to those performed by the Joslyn Manufacturing Companyin Fort Wayne, Indiana. Accountsalso suggest that the product was intended for the Hanford Engineer Works. The fabrication method, aimed at producing sounder uranium metal and improving the yields of rods from billets, was reportedly soon discarded as unsatisfactory (Wallo, 1980).
The facility is an industrial complex in Reading, Pennsylvania. The buiildings, where the uranium work was probably performed, are all under one roof. The floor surfaces are composed of concrete and steel plates laid directly over the ground. There is intervening exposed soil surface. The building incorporates mills, storage areas, and furnaces.
The complex is now referred to as the Carpenter Steel Division of the Carpenter Technology Corporation.
**The Carpenter Steel Division Facility is located in an industrial complex at 101 West Bern Street, Reading, Pennsylvania. The facility, owned and operated by Carpenter Technology Corporation, was under contract to the Manhattan Engineer District (MED) to conduct experimental uranium metal-forming work in 1944. Historical information is sparse, however, available records indicate that the large-scale uranium hot rolling teats conducted here were similar to those performed by the Joslyn Manufacturing Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Accounts also suggest that the product was intended for the Hanford Engineer Works. The fabrication method, aimed at producing sounder uranium metal and improving the yields of rods from billets, was reportedly soon discarded as unsatisfactory.
Carpenter Steel Co. is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site and as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.
As of 03/15/2015, the total compensation paid under Part B of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Carpenter Steel Co. is $0.
Carpenter Steel Co. Workers:
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