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Not many Richmond or Madison County residents are aware of the extensive history their region holds with its former booming mill industry dating back to the town’s settlement.

After nearly tripling its annual profit to $1.1 billion, an encouraged U.S. Steel announced last week it would revive an idled electric-weld pipe mill in Texas and announced Monday it would restart a $215 million electric arc furnace project it had shelved in Alabama during the depth of the steel industry downturn four years ago.

U.S. Steel is restarting a second idled facility in two years, bringing back online the electric-weld pipe mill at its Long Star Tubular Operations in Texas.

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Indiana often ranks in the middle of the pack on metrics such as economy, education and child well-being, and near the bottom in others like median income and infant mortality.

The United Steelworkers union formed 75 years ago, helped raise wages for countless steelworkers and boosted the quality of life in Northwest Indiana for generations.