38 years later, Youngstown Sheet & Tube workers continue tradition

It has been 38 years since Youngstown Sheet and Tube closed, but former workers still get together each year for the holidays


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – It has been 38 years since Youngstown Sheet and Tube closed its doors for good, and ever since then, former workers with the company have been getting together to reminisce each December.

More than 40 former workers met for lunch at Tippecanoe Country Club Friday afternoon.

One-time sales executive Lou DeSimone says he has been organizing the event every year. It started as a six-men meeting for lunch just days after the plant closed in 1978  and they had all lost their jobs. It has been 38 years since Youngstown Sheet and Tube closed its doors for good, and ever since then, former workers with the company have been getting together to reminisce each December.

“It was such a fun deal at the time. We decided to do it again the next year, and so, the following year we had, I don’t know, like 10 or 12 people for lunch, and it kept adding and increasing throughout the years ’til about 250 people that used to work at Sheet and Tube,” he said.

Beside the luncheon, the former workers were able to look over some old memorabilia from their days in the plant.

Organizers admit the passage of time has thinned-out the numbers of former workers who are still around, but they plan to meet again next year.