Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by Rod Millard

BALTZELL, Willie Harry , b. 4 Aug. 1868, Washington County, MA; d. 2 Sept. 1942, Pittsburgh. Chief engineer of the Schoenberger Works, Pittsburgh (1891), he was appointed district engineer when the plant merged with American Steel and Wire Co. His greatest engineering achievement was the design and construction (1911-1914) of the Midland Works for the Crucible Steel Company, the most modern mill in the United States. He designed and built furnaces for the Aetna Chemical Co. at Heidelberg, PA (1914-1915), developing important formulae incorporated into the Rittman process for TNT production. He became chief engineer of the Donora works for the United States Steel Co. and then the Canadian Steel Co. In 1923, he represented Ojibway, Ont. on the Essex Border Utilities Commission. Retiring from the Canadian Steel Co. in 1938, he returned to Pittsburgh where he remained until his death. In 1920, he joined the Engineering Institute of Canada (councillor, 1924, 1925), and was instrumental in the establishment of the EICís Border Cities Branch, serving as secretary-treasurer. He was also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and other American engineering associations. He married Eleanor Roberts in 1901.

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