AK's Middletown furnace slated for restart

Jul 10, 2013 | 03:58 PM | Catherine Ngai

Tags  AK Steel, Middletown plant, raw steel output, blast furnace, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — AK Steel Corp. plans to restart its Middletown, Ohio, blast furnace July 18, just three and a half weeks after an unexpected mechanical failure caused the producer to idle the facility, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The repairs have reportedly been moving ahead of schedule and the mill will be taking scrap ahead of time, three market sources said. The bell has been replaced and the furnace will likely achieve full operation within a week of restarting, they added, which falls in line with the West Chester, Ohio-based steel producer’s earlier predictions that the repairs would be completed in July (amm.com, June 24).

An AK Steel spokesman declined to comment, but said the company will provide an update on the plant during its second-quarter earnings call July 23.....

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