150 years of the Shelton Works - page 32
|In 1967 the steel industry
was nationalised, this time with companies being taken into state
ownership in their entirety as parts of the British Steel Corporation,
which was to remain until November 1988.
The new Corporation, under all of its Chairmen, sought efficiencies, and for Shelton, the first of these was the closure of the coking plant in May 1968. After that Shotton, once relying on Shelton for iron, was now to supply coke to Shelton.
A further closure came in June 1971, when Shelton's 18-inch mill finished work.
Company policy was to concentrate its
activities on large sites with access to deep water for the import of
foreign raw materials in enormous quantities.
However, for most of the Seventies, the
people of the Potteries engaged in a dogged and stubborn resistance to
the spectre of closure. By them having a forward and open approach which
led to the site being virtually used as a test bed for the industry with
trials being carried out on spray casting, slab casting, and the
production of dog-bone sections via the continuous casting method. This
latter development reduced the work to be carried out in the rolling
process in order to produce the finished product.