Print Friendly and PDF

Primary Metals and Fabricated Metal Products Manufacturing

Both Primary Metals Manufacturing and Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing are major industry sectors in the Youngstown-Warren region. The metals sector makes up 8% of the total GDP of the YW metro area, contributing nearly $2 billion to the economy.  

Industries in the Primary Metal Manufacturing subsector smelt and/or refine ferrous and nonferrous metals from ore, pig or scrap, using electrometallurgical and other process metallurgical techniques. Establishments in this subsector also manufacture metal alloys and superalloys by introducing other chemical elements to pure metals. The output of smelting and refining, usually in ingot form, is used in rolling, drawing, and extruding operations to make sheet, strip, bar, rod, or wire, and in molten form to make castings and other basic metal products.

Industries in the Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing subsector transform metal into intermediate or end products, other than machinery, computers and electronics, and metal furniture, or treat metals and metal formed products fabricated elsewhere. 

Notable Companies 

  • Arconic Titanium and Engineered Products (formerly Alcoa and RTI Niles), produces titanium used in aerospace  defense and energy applications. The company’s research and design center is located at the Niles complex.
  • Vallourec Star (formerly V&M Star) brought their $1.2 billion new state-of-the-art seamless pipe mill online in 2013. Companion company VAM USA finishes the Vallourec pipe products.
  • Wheatland Tube is a world leader in hot dip galvanizing and producer of continuous weld steel pipe.  Applications include mechanical tubing, fencing, electrical conduit, and oil/gas well components.
  • Universal Stainless and Alloys, the area's recently built $64 million specialty steel mill, melts speciality alloys for parts in wind turbines/generators, nuclear reactor components, and aerospace applications.
  • Latrobe Steel/Carpenter Technology distributes more than 300 grades of specialty steels for use in aerospace applications, high-performance cutting tools, aluminum casting dies, extrusion and thread roll dies and other demanding applications.
  • Ajax Tocco Magnethermic Corporation designs and manufactures world-class induction heating and melting equipment for various industries.



For more information, please visit our Economic Development Data and Reports Library.