like Steel Style’s style
- The Evening News, Published: June 19,
For hundreds of years,
until railroads made their appearance, the Hudson River served
as a link between waterside communities and the farms, business
This area, like others,
had its share – even more than its share – of
heavy industry... foundaries, lumberyards, ship builders,
machine shops, pipe manufacturers and others.
Time passed and so did most
of the heavy industry, due to changes in technology, transportation
and other factors. Heavy industry is much to be desired by
any community for what is means in jobs, taxes and status.
Newburgh can boast of at least one heavy industry today: Steel
Style at 401 South Water St. and “boast” is the
The company moved here a
few years back, quietly and with little desire for publicity.
A spokesman said it manufactured steel forms for swimming
pools and for water storage tanks atop buildings in New York,
It has blossomed through
the years, expanding into its present line of building drydocks
and fabricating the steel work for the second Newburgh-Beacon
Its latest project was a
$2 million drydock caisson gate, now on the way to Charleston,
S.C. It has built drydock repair pens for the largest, most
modern U. S. submarines at Groton and has contracts for work
The owners’ pride
in their facilities is evident in the well cared-for appearance
it presents. The number of jobs it makes available has been
of inestimable benefit in an area where jobs aren’t
easy to come by.
If Newburgh’s waterfront
could be given a facelifting such as the removal of the huge
eyesore that once was the River Queen restaurant, burned out
in a fire . . . and if Waterside Apartments could be rehabilitated
before they disintegrate entirely... and if 18 aces of long-empty
urban renewal land could be put to some beneficial use. .
A lot of “ifs,”
but Newburgh – which was once the key city between New
York and Albany – might start coming back into its own.
Steel Style is a big plus
for Newburgh and the area. May it serve as a magnet for other
companies to take advantage of one of the finest transportation
and shipping hubs in the entire state.
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