The Dofasco DNA winds its way through many Hamilton families with multiple
generations and siblings having worked at ArcelorMittal Dofasco. Two of the most
recognizable are the Woolvett and Biggley families. Both span five generations of
service over the company’s first 100 years, beginning in 1913.
The first Biggley employed was Luke in 1913 in the open hearth furnace. Five of
his sons and two sons-in-law later joined Dofasco, followed by his nephew. In the
company’s 100th year his great-grandson Bill (Tin) and great-great-grandson Scott
Pickle Line) carry on the Biggley name at the plant.
The Woolvett legacy began with Walter Woolvett, who started as a labourer
in 1913 later becoming Frank A. Sherman’s right hand man and the watchman
at the time office gate. His son Ernie joined the Metal Pattern Shop in 1934. Two
of Ernie’s sons, Walter Jr. (Tin House), and James (Tin Mill and Slitters) also chose a
Dofasco career. James had six children, three of whom joined Dofasco, Roy (Hot Mill
Roll Shop), Tom (Information Systems) and Cam (Mail Services). Finally, Cam’s son
Cory (Iron Maintenance) joined the “family firm” bringing the Woolvett clan to five
generations and a presence in 99 of the company’s 100 years.