Teesside is well known for its chemical industry which developed in the early 20th century. The industry was given a further boost by expansion during the 1930s and 1950s. Teesside was thrust into the age of the 'white heat of technology' when the chemical industry experienced rapid growth in the post war period. The towns of Billingham and Wilton have become synonymous with the chemical industry which dominates their landscapes. Death rates are 13% higher in Middlesbrough than the national average. Teesside conurbation North East of England towns town Middlesbrough Stockton-on-Tees Redcar Billingham settlements county borough important centre for heavy industry. A man-made breakwater at the mouth of the River Tees. The mixture of rough ground, sand dunes, tidal mud flats and both freshwater and saltwater pools make this a good spot for watching birds, if somewhat exposed in poor weather. The breakwater at South Gare.
These large-scale steelworks at South Gare, Redcar, near the mouth of the river Tees were originally built by the Dorman Long company in 1917. It produced steel which was used all over the world, including for the Tyne bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge.
•In 1967 Dorman Long was absorbed into the nationalised British Steel.
•British Steel was privatised in 1988.
•In 1999 British Steel merged with Koninklijke Hoogovens to form the Corus Group
•In 2007 the company was bought by Tata Steel.
•In 2009 the plant was mothballed and 1,700 jobs lost after the loss of a large contract.
•In 2011, it was purchased by Thai Steel company SSI and re-opened in April 2012.