Great Lakes Steel - Ecorse, MI
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Farkle 7
N 42° 15.366 W 083° 08.075
17T E 323925 N 4680417
Quick Description: Team Farkle 7 always gets its Quonset. This is at the Great Lakes Steel plant in Ecorse, MI
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 12/7/2007 8:01:35 PM
Waymark Code: WM2QFX
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 133

Long Description:
UPDATE 05.14.2008--------------------------
According to a Public Relations representative who recently contacted us, this Quonset Hut was demolished as of 05.09.2008 after sustaining heavy damage during a winter storm. The building had been derelict for some time now.

He went on to say, he had worked in the building years ago when the plant was owned by National Steel. It had been constructed circa 1948, and served as a payroll office before evolving into the Labor Relations building.

The PR Rep said he found this waymark searching for information regarding the steel industry!
Again, here's why I feel we should not be so quick to archive waymarks when the item in question no longer exists, simply because this may be the only evidence of its existence.

As anyone who has done any research on the ubiquitous Quonset Hut knows there where several designs and redesigns. The George A. Fuller and Company's engineers found a faster, cheaper way to assemble huts using an existing building product for the rib. Known as Stran-Steel, it was developed in the early 1930s by Great Lakes Steel Corporation, but had never caught on due to the premium price. It was a welded steel strip 2 by 3 5/8 inches, actually two lightweight channels welded back to back - with a wavy center groove that held special nails with lead seals.

The "Quonset Stran-Steel Hut" was so simple to erect that anyone who could hammer a nail could set it up. A crew of just 6 experienced men could build a hut in a single day.

Production of the original T-Rib Huts was halted sometime in 1942. Thereafter all huts used Stran-Steel ribs. With the change, the Fuller factory in West Davisville was closed and production moved to Great Lakes Steel Corporation.

They still have a few of the huts on their property. It's the visitors station.

Dormer windows

Hut Type: Utility Building - "Elephant Hut"

Is the Quonset Hut currently in use?: Yes

Physical Address:
100 Quality Dr
Ecorse , MI USA

Year of fabrication (if known): Not listed

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