Dec. 7, 2016

Mingo Junction Restart Moves Forward

Steelmaking will return to Mingo Junction in eastern Ohio with the sale of the facility by Frontier Group of Companies to ACERO Junction. The former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Co. mill has been idle since 2009.

Frontier purchased the facility out of bankruptcy, with a plan to demolish the antiquated steelmaking operations, preserve the modern equipment and redevelop the site. The area has 250 acres of flat land along the Ohio River at the Ohio-West Virginia border, with both river barge and rail access.

“Our goal was always to improve the site and find a viable buyer for the steelmaking assets at Mingo. Today, we can proudly say we accomplished our goal. The idle plant will see new life as steelmaking operations come back to this area of Ohio,” says David Franjoine, Frontier Group CEO.

The Mingo Junction facility includes an electric arc furnace along with an 80-inch hot-strip mill. Work began several months ago to ready the plant for re-start with dozens of construction and support personnel on site.

“This is an exciting time as jobs and commerce come back to the part of Ohio hit hard by the slowdown in domestic steel production. ACERO Junction is making a significant investment to bring the Mingo Junction steel plant back online,” Franjoine says.

In addition to the steelmaking operation, FGC is also working on development plans for the southern area of the Mingo Junction property. “As demand for industrial space with rail access grows stronger, we are working with several potential users for the lease or sale of the southern property,” says Christopher Wietig, special project director for FGC. “We believe the restart of the steel plant will be a catalyst for repurposing and redevelopment of the balance of the vacant land at the Mingo site.”


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