In 1883, E.W. and O. N. Hutchinson founded the Grand
Crossing Tack Company
to make carpet tacks. Their small plant was located at 79th and
Chicago Avenue. As the business prospered and expanded they
to produce their own steel rather than purchase it. They built a
mill on the east bank of the Calumet River in 1902. In 1916,
Iron and Steel of East Chicago bought the Grand Crossing Tack
In 1930, when Republic Steel was formed Interstate became part of
the merger that formed the new company. It was the site of a major
episode, the Memorial Day Massacre which
occurred on Memorial Day, 1937 and resulted in the deaths of 10
In 1984, Republic Steel was merged with J & L Steel to form LTV
a subsidiary of the LTV Corporation. The Texas based conglomerate
is also in energy, aerospace, and the defense industry.
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