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Encyclopedia > American Bridge Company
American Bridge Company, Inc.

Company logo
Type Private
Founded 1900
Headquarters Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Key people Robert H. (Bob) Luffy, President and CEO
Michael D. Flowers, EVP Operations
N. Michael (Mike) Cegelis, SVP Marketing and Development
Industry Civil Engineering
Products bridge building
construction
marine structures
Revenue $328 million USD
Employees 500
Website www.americanbridge.net

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Products and Industry Positioning

The firm has built many bridges in the U.S. and elsewhere, with Historic American Engineering Record this listing (at the Library of Congress) noting at least 81. A partial listing of projects is below. The firm is listed as the builder of a project but may not necessarily be (and usually is not) the designer. In most cases the bridge designer or building architect does not get to select the construction company, he designs it but then bids are let by the owners/developers. The designer and the contractor have to subsequently work together closely to get the job done. The Great Hall interior. ...


American Bridge has also been involved in significant building construction projects such as the Sears Tower, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, as well as in other structural projects such as launch pads and resorts. This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... The Empire State Building in New York The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York, NY. Its name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York. ... The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. ...


Significant competitors include Walsh Group, Flatiron Construction, and Skanska USA.


Related companies include American Bridge Holding Company and American Bridge Manufacturing Company, both also headquartered in Coraopolis.


History

American Bridge Company was founded in April 1900, through the JP Morgan-led consolidation of 28 of the largest United States based steel fabricators and constructors. The company’s roots extend to the late 1860’s, when one of the consolidated firms, Keystone Bridge Works, constructed the Eads Bridge, the first steel bridge over the Mississippi River, at St. Louis which is still in use today. Shortly thereafter, in 1902, the company became a subsidiary of United States Steel as part of the Steel Trust consolidation. It went private in 1987. John Pierpont Morgan John Pierpont Morgan I (April 17, 1837 – March 31, 1913) was an American financier and banker, who at the turn of the century (1901), was one of the wealthiest men in America. ... The Eads Bridge under construction Eads Bridge is a combined road and railway bridge over the Mississippi River at St. ... The Mississippi River, derived from the old Ojibwe word misi-ziibi meaning great river (gichi-ziibi big river at its headwaters), is the second-longest named river in North America, with a length of 2320 miles (3733 km) from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) is an integrated steel producer with major production operations in the United States and Central Europe. ...


The company has a long and storied history. While American Bridge’s roots in steel fabrication and construction remain a strength today, the company developed broad based contracting and management resources to service complex project needs. Some of American Bridge’s most notable projects are more a testament to construction engineering know how and management abilities than to its historical strength in steel construction. The company pioneered the use of steel as a construction material; developing the means & methods for fabrication and construction that allowed it to be widely used in buildings, bridges, vessels, and other plate applications. As a result, and due to its deep financial resources, American Bridge has operated on a national and international scale from the moment of its inception.


American Bridge produced a number of ships for the United States Navy as part of the war effort during World War II. The town of Ambridge, Pennsylvania was an American Bridge Company town (thus the name "Ambridge"), and is near their current headquarters of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Both municipalities are located on the Ohio River near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with access to many steel suppliers, as well as to waterborne and rail transport, to allow shipment of components and subassemblies. The United States Navy, also known as the USN or the U.S. Navy, is a branch of the United States armed forces responsible for conducting naval operations. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Ambridge is a borough located in Beaver County in western Pennsylvania, named after the American Bridge Company. ... A company town is a town or city in which most or all real estate, buildings (both residential and commercial), utilities, hospitals, small businesses such as grocery stores and gas stations, and other necessities or luxuries of life within its borders are owned by a single company. ... Coraopolis is a borough in Allegheny County in the US state of Pennsylvania. ... Nickname: Motto: Benigno Numine (With the Benevolent Deity) Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Allegheny Founded November 25, 1758 Incorporated April 22, 1794 (borough)   March 18, 1816 (city) Government  - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area  - City 151. ...


American Bridge has come under criticism for its role in the Discovery Land Company's 'Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club' in the Bahamas. American Bridge is responsible for construction activities in a highly sensitive mangrove and coral reef area of Great Guana Cay, a barrier island of Abaco. The project is now opposed by the Sierra Club, Ocean Futures Society and dozens of conservation groups around the world. The local indigenous natives of Great Guana Cay have created a powerful opposition to the construction activities, often bringing construction to a halt through the Bahamian Supreme Court and U.K. Privy Council.


Notable projects

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, New York Harbor
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, New York Harbor

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Bridges

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New River Gorge Bridge West Virginia quarter The New River Gorge Bridge is a steel-arch bridge, near Fayetteville, West Virginia; with a length of 3030 feet (924 m), it was for many years the longest in the world of that type. ... A poopyhead bridge (sometimes butt hole bridge to distinguish it from a through arch bridge) is a bridge with abutments at each end shaped as a curved arch. ... New River Gorge Bridge West Virginia quarter The New River Gorge Bridge is a steel-arch bridge, near Fayetteville, West Virginia; with a length of 3030 feet (924 m), it was for many years the longest in the world of that type. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... The Bayonne Bridge, as seen from Port Richmond, Staten Island The Bayonne Bridge is the third longest steel arch bridge in the world. ... 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Sears Tower, Chicago, Illinois
Sears Tower, Chicago, Illinois

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Miscellaneous

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External links

Company information

  • American Bridge Company home page
  • Hoovers fact sheet on ABC

Projects and history

  • HAER record of at least 81 ABC bridges/projects
  • American Bridge Company Chronological history from the company site
  • Old Economy Village history page with American Bridge Company history.

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American Bridge Company was formed in 1900 by the same interests that controlled the United States Steel Corporation and was an attempt to monopolize the nation's bridge-building industry.
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Although never in complete control of the bridge market, the American Bridge Company supplied a substantial portion of the steel bridges purchased by state and local highway officals in the early 20th century, and there can be no doubt that the company was the single most important fabricator of the period.
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The earliest documented truss bridges in Bradford County are attributed to the Pittsburgh Bridge Company or its agent, Nelson and Buchanan.
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