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U.S. Steel Restarting No. 1 Mill at Lone Star

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United States Steel Corp. will restart the No. 1 electric-weld pipe mill at its Lone Star Tubular Operations in Lone Star, Texas. The No. 1 Mill was idled in 2016 due to challenging market conditions for tubular products created by fluctuating oil prices, reduced rig counts and high levels of unfairly traded imports, the company claimed.

The Lone Star No. 1 Mill will provide full-body normalized electric-welded pipe in size ranges 7 inches to 16 inches outside diameter for customers across the U.S., including the very active Permian Basin.

“We are encouraged by an improvement in market conditions and an increased customer demand for tubular products that are mined, melted and made in America,” said President and CEO David B. Burritt.

“We continue to evaluate all options to align our manufacturing capacity with the growing energy market. Restarting the Lone Star No. 1 Mill will give our customers access to the high-quality electric-welded pipe they expect from U. S. Steel,” said Douglas Matthews, the senior vice president of industrial service center and mining solutions and interim head of the company’s tubular division.

The Lone Star No. 1 Mill has an annual capacity of approximately 400,000 tons.