Republic eyes 3rd-qtr. start of Ohio melt shop

Apr 01, 2013 | 05:21 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Republic Steel, melt shop, bar mills, SBQ, special bar quality, Ted Thielens, Lorain mill, automotive steel bar

CHICAGO — Republic Steel expects to start a new melt shop in Lorain, Ohio, during the third quarter, allowing the company to adequately supply its special bar quality (SBQ) mills and run them more efficiently.

Republic has faced an internal shortage of raw materials for its Lorain and Lackawanna, N.Y., bar mills since its blast furnace was idled in 2008 (, Dec. 3, 2008). That has led to staggered, temporary work force reductions in Lorain, particularly in recent months, when bar demand pulled back.....

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