Red Metal is a different kind of book on American industrial history. It’s a dramatic story linked to the present by the energies and fortunes of the men who move in colorful realism through its pages; it’s a story of fortunes and misfortunes, of foresight and mistakes, of successes and failures of American enterprise relating to the largest of the copper mines of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The story traces the development of one of the oldest and richest copper companies in America. From the pathless wilds in which the great Calumet conglomerate ore body was first discovered came the achievement of many years of world leadership in the copper industry and the present aspects of a company with manufacturing plants that fabricate products of copper, copper-base alloys, aluminum, and steel.