World War I, L.F. Rains established a steel plant north of Springville
to take advantage of his coal interests in Carbon County. He formed
the Columbia Steel Corporation at Ironton in 1922 to make pig iron.
He negotiated with J.W. McWane to use iron to make cast-iron pipe in
facilities adjacent to the Ironton plant. He also invited Republic Creosoting
Company to establish a plant to use coal tar, a by-product of the coking
operation at Ironton. This industrial complex employed Springville men.
1921 the U.S. government passed a law to assist states with highway
construction. Several companies from Springville organized to take advantage
of the opportunity. Springville families including the Clydes, Strongs,
Sumsions, Reynolds, Whitings, Thorns, and Mendenhalls benefited until
the Great Depression eliminated federal money. In 1936 construction
of roads and other public works was part of the recovery plan and Springville
contractors again were active participants. Springville was said to
have had more contractors than any other town of its size in America.