Feb. 4, 2015
A/M to Idle Indiana Harbor Long Carbon Mill
ArcelorMittal plans to idle its Indiana Harbor Long Carbon mill, a move that closely follows its previous decision to idle the No. 2 galvanizing line at the East Chicago facility. The steelmaker will shut down its electric arc furnace on March 1 and the rolling mill operation in the second quarter, pending customer requirements.
Indiana Harbor Long Carbon was first idled in 2009 following the economic recession and was brought back online in 2010. Since then it has been challenged by low utilization, scheduling inefficiencies and high costs. As a result, the facility has incurred losses since 2011, the company says.
ArcelorMittal had been negotiating with the United Steelworkers since mid-November to maintain the rolling mill as an economically viable operation using outsourced billets, but the company no longer views that as a feasible option.
The decision will affect 246 USW employees at the facility, though the company expects to relocate them to other operations in Northwest Indiana. However, this decision entails the potentially permanent loss of more than 300 direct jobs, as well as indirect jobs associated with the facility, the company acknowledged.