Alfred Hunt knew a good idea when he saw it. And Charles Martin Hall had one. In 1886, the 23-​year-​old chemist had discovered a smelting process to make aluminum inexpensively while working in a lab he cobbled together in a shed behind his parent’s house in northern Ohio.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2018
  • Sub Heading Pittsburgh’s startup ecosystem matures
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