NEW YORK - Floor decking from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp.'s Wheeling Corrugating Division will be used in the construction of a building at the World Trade Center site.
The steel roofing and siding manufacturer will supply 1.4 million square feet of floor decking for 7 World Trade Center, the first building to be erected at the site since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks destroyed the complex. The floor decking is being made at Wheeling's Beach Bottom, W.Va., plant.
Plans from the Chicago-based architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill call for the new building to be 52 stories, five more than the one that collapsed in flames a few hours after the trade center's Twin Towers were hit by two hijacked airliners. It is scheduled to open in late 2005.
Wheeling Corrugating officials said they were proud to be involved in the project.
"This is the first structure of the World Trade Center at ground zero that is being rebuilt," company President James E. Muldoon said. "It is only fitting that an American steel company be used as the foundation for what has become a landmark for all Americans."
Announcement of the World Trade Center project comes as parent corporation Wheeling-Pittsburgh makes final preparations to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A Youngstown, W.Va., court recently approved the company's reorganization plan.
In the last five years, dozens of U.S. steelmakers have gone out of business or filed for bankruptcy protection, citing weak product demand and a surge in lower-priced imported steel.<