The steelworks in Bilston ran at a profit. It depended upon recycling the vast quantities of scrap metal available from the myriad of metal working factories that surrounded it in the Black Country. It was a ‘Green’ steelworks long before the term had been invented. Like the blast furnacemen the workforce were highly skilled, they were exposed to working in perilous and extreme conditions. They had a unique blend of humour, loyalty, friendship and mutual respect.