The first jumbo steel columns for the Freedom Tower, some as long as a five-story building and weighing a total of 806 tons, arrived in the U.S. from a Luxembourg mill where they were produced. The announcement was made by World Trade Center Developer Larry A. Silverstein, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr., and Tishman Construction Corporation Chairman Daniel R. Tishman. The last of four shipments arrived today in Baltimore aboard the Atlantic Conveyor, which will then travel to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Portsmouth, Virginia, for unloading on Saturday, September 30 (images of other Freedom Tower steel that arrived in the United States earlier this month are available at www.wtc.com). The latest steel to arrive, along with two previous loads that arrived at Portsmouth and one at Camden, New Jersey – totaling 51 extra-large columns of various weights and lengths – are being trucked to a fabrication yard in Lynchburg, Virginia. There, fabricator Banker Steel L.L.C., will weld cover plates to the sides of the steel, forming “built-up” columns that measure up to 42 by 30 inches in cross-section, and weigh upwards of 2,440 pounds per foot. In industry jargon, “built-up” refers to steel columns or girders that are created by the addition of steel plates to already large I-beams, resulting in single entities which cannot be produced in mills because of their size but which are required for the world’s biggest structures. The fabricated members leaving Lynchburg will eventually comprise the first 27 “extra-large” columns in Freedom Tower’s below-grade structure and are scheduled to be delivered to the World Trade Center site by the end of the year. The total length of the steel’s four-leg journey originating in Luxembourg and ending in New York City is approximately 4,700 miles. Governor George E. Pataki said, “The arrival of steel for the construction for the Freedom Tower is yet another critical milestone in the building of a great icon that will symbolize our steadfast commitment to our most cherished value--freedom. Reclaiming our glorious skyline and creating a testament to our resiliency as a people, a city, and a country in the wake of the attacks, the Freedom Tower will be New York’s gift to America, and America’s icon for the world. The steel that arrives today, will soon make its way to Lynchburg, Virginia, where it will be turned into built-up super-sized steel columns for the Freedom Tower.” “The arrival of Freedom Tower steel in America is a vivid reminder that construction is marching forward as planned. I anxiously await the day, later this year, when these massive steel beams will travel through Lower Manhattan and on to the World Trade High risks associated with payday loans rates and quickest loans.The loans will accept payday cash advance loan simultaneous loans.