Stradivarius Steel, of Corning, New York, is a division of Athenia Steel headquartered in Clifton, New Jersey. The plant in Corning covers over 400 acres and is composed of a pipe, wire, and specialty steel (steel alloy) production divisions which make new steel products by combining new and recycled materials delivered mostly by rail. It is the second largest recycling steel mill in the US. Also within the plant is a steel stamping division which produces body parts for the automobile industry as well as a division that builds structural shapes out of recycled steel. The section of the plant that is modeled is the shipping department for the wire, pipe, specialty structures, and stamping divisions.
Stradivarius Steel has a switcher (usually a pair of switchers) assigned to this part of the plant for three shifts under contract with the Lackawanna Terminal Railway who provides the crews using locomotives leased from the JPMX Corporation by the mill. The mill also contracts locomotive and car maintenance needs to the Lackawanna Terminal Railway which ferries engines to its shop in East Buffalo, NY. Replacement locomotives can be leased from the JPMX Corporation or the Lackawanna Terminal Railway as necessary.