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1/9/2023 Construction has begun at Carrie Furnace! This has been more than 20 years in the planning. Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) has a couple of videos on the site availability and history. You can also see stories on how this project evolved at the RIDC website ​​​​Home – RIDC: Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

​​​​Construction Underway at Historic Carrie Furnace Site – RIDC: Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania

RIDC catalyzes and supports economic growth through high quality job creation, real estate development and financing of projects that advance the public interest – developing real estate to capture emerging and existing growth opportunities across diverse industry sectors.

Pittsburgh Business Times article Construction underway at historic Carrie Furnace site – Pittsburgh Business Times (

And coming soon The Pittsburgh Film Office. ​​​Carrie Furnace – Pittsburgh Film Office (

7/8/2022 – “A low-interest $2.2 million state loan has been approved for the Regional Industrial Development Corp. of Southwestern Pennsylvania to be used on construction of a new $10 million flex-industrial building in Rankin, near the historic Carrie Furnaces.”

RIDC gets $2.5 million loan for new building near Carrie Furnaces | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

1/19/22 Augie Carlino, Rivers Of Steel President and CEO and Enterprise Zone Board Member talks about exciting times in the EastShorePgh! The Carrie Furnaces redevelopment, in conjuntion with Allegheny_Co and RIDC will bring jobs and more people to Rankin Boro 15104 and Swissvale!
10/29/2020 – What do drive-in movies, photo safaris, graffiti and style-writing, aluminum casting and industrial tours have in common? They are all available at the Carrie Blast Furnace, a National landmark managed by the non-profit River of Steel and located in Rankin and Swissvale.

New challenges are certainly part of 2020 and Rivers of Steel has found ways to continue activities while following mandated social-distancing and pandemic recommendations. Unfortunately, some of the main fundraisers, like the Festival of Combustion, have not happened, tours and events continue at the Carrie Furnace site and other Rivers Of Steel Mon-Valley sites.


Rivers of Steel showcases the artistry and innovation of our region’s industrial and cultural heritage through its historical and 21st-century attractions. Behind the scenes, Rivers of Steel supports economic revitalization—working on the grassroots level to deepen community partnerships, promote heritage tourism, and preserve local recreational and cultural resources for future generations. Founded on the principles of heritage development, community partnership, and a reverence for the region’s natural and shared resources.
Rivers of Steel strengthens the economic and cultural fabric of western Pennsylvania by fostering dynamic initiatives and transformative experiences. With a vision for the future, built on the past, Rivers of Steel’s journey began in the aftermath of the collapsed steel industry.  In 1988 a group of citizens got together, united by their concerns that with destruction of the shuttered mills an important part of our region’s culture was in danger of being erased, too.

Check out this video that talks about the role of Carrie and tours here. Find more about Carrie Furnace, Rivers of Steel and the other attractions they manage in the Mon Valley at