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American Idle: Mills Pull Back on Production

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MCN Editor Dan Markham

The nation’s governors' response to the novel coronavirus has been a massive shutdown. The same philosophy has been followed by the North American steel community.

Since the middle of March, a dozen North American steel production facility have seen some kind of reduction, Metal Strategies Chris Plummer reports. The actions include four U.S. Steel facilities and three ArcelorMittal operations.

U.S. Steel has temporarily idled blast furnaces at Gary Works and Granite City, pulled forward a 48-day outage of another blast furnace at Gary and permanently shuttered a blast furnace at Great Lakes. ArcelorMittal’s closures include a blast furnace at Indiana Harbor West, 1.9 million tons of production at Cleveland and the smallest of three blast furnaces at Dofasco.

Additionally, Liberty Steel has ordered a 3-month idling at Georgetown, Gerdau has suspended melting and rolling operations at Jackson, Mich., and Fort Smith, Ark., and Stelco brought forward a planned blast furnace reline from August.

Finally, Tenaris has also cut production at its Koppel EAF, though that was brought on not by COVID-19, but the concurrent low oil price pandemic.

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