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The Steel City deserves to call All-Clad Metalcrafters its own. The maker of professional quality cookware has been manufacturing fancy pots and pans in a Canonsberg rolling mill since 1960. 

Now a new high-end line of cookware is sparking growth at the plant, which employs 320 full- and part-time workers. All-Clad has announced plans to hire an additional 70 people, a combination of hourly positions, floor supervisors, marketing people and engineers.

The new d5 cooking line, exclusive to William-Sonoma, advances All-Clad's flagship Stainless line with "five-bonded layers" of metal instead of three: stainless steel on the outside, two of aluminum and one of stainless on the inside. The cookware promises "unprecedented" even heating and uniform browning.

In addition, the company is implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) to improve overall company efficiency and assist with hiring, says Dave Rodgers, manager of labor and employee relations. All-Clad is also working with Catalyst Connection and PA CareerLink to streamline processes.

"We've got lots of great stuff going on that will help us to connect all the dots," says Roberts. "We've had major hiring in the past. What's different now is the way in which we're going about it."

All-Clad was the invention of John Ulam, company founder and an accomplished metallurgist who discovered a unique formula for cladding dissimilar metals to create the perfect technology for cookware applications. Ulan formed an alliance with Alcoa in 1967 and the rest is history: a line of high-end cookware with more than 50 patents that has had professional and home cooks clamoring for more and more through the years.

The company's extensive product line ranges from stainless steel, with the sculpted "stay cool" handles, to a copper core and heavy gauge copper line, CopRChef. All-Clad calls itself the only bonded maker on the market that combines American craftsmenship with American-made metals.

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Writer: Debra Smit
Source: All-Clad Metalcrafters

All-Clad Metalcrafters
424 Morganza Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15317-5716
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