What sort of license do you need to operate a steel mill?
For this one, there's no way you can do it out of the "comfort of your own home."
You need to check state licensing to see if you need to have a special license to operate an Iron Foundry. There may be county and city licensing as well.
Before you operate, you have to have get an environmental impact statement conducted and submitted to the USEPA and State EPA to see how much of the environment you'll be possibly destroying. You'll have to get solid waste, groundwater and stormwater permits through the state and US EPA's to operate as well.
The forges will have to be manned 24-hours a day, because small changes in temps can destroy any chance of making good molds. You have to have tons of proper sand and aggregate to create your molds so you can pour the molten steel in to create your beams and rods. You will need to create patterns for the presses to create your molds. You will need a finishing department to ensure all product is completed and has no flash or burrs. You will also need a quality assurance department to do analyses to ensure all product is within specs. This includes a qualified metallurgist.
Oh - and you will need to be able to make THOUSANDS of beams or rods each month.
It is an extraordinarily expensive venture, and a "small business" won't cut it.
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