Steel pioneer hits the century mark

It’s nice to hear about the human side of steel from time to time …

The Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

One of the grandfathers of steel in the Mahoning Valley celebrated his 100th birthday a few days early Saturday.

Roemer was born in Youngstown on Dec. 5, 1905, and eventually became the president and chairman of Sharon Steel Corp. In 1953, he was awarded a patent on a method of rolling titanium sheet metal that earned him a story in the business section of the Sept. 16, 1957, issue of ‘Time” magazine.

From 1935 to 1951, he was steadily promoted from secretary treasurer to president of Niles Rolling Mill, now RMI Titanium Co., in Niles Ohio, then a sister company of Sharon Steel. Roemer was vice president and then director of Sharon Steel from 1957 to 1965.

Roemer was not only a successful businessman, but also an avid traveler and visited all seven continents, including a trip to Antarctica at age 95.

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