Rotec shut by storms, most unscathed

Nov 18, 2013 | 03:36 PM |

Tags  storm impact, steel, scrap, tornado, AK Steel, Haynes International, Allegheny Technologies, SSAB Americas Keystone Steel & Wire

NEW YORK — Most metal companies appear to have been spared the wrath of the severe weather that ripped through the Midwest Sunday and left at least eight people dead.

Damage was still being assessed Monday after dozens of tornadoes were spawned by the massive thunderstorm system.

Illinois appeared to take the biggest hit, with six people reported dead and seven counties declared natural disaster areas by the state’s governor as of Monday afternoon, according to media reports. One tornado that hit Washington, Ill., about 140 miles southwest of Chicago, was preliminarily given an EF-4 rating, indicating wind speeds of 170 to 190 miles per hour, according to National Weather Service data cited by the Associated Press.

The storms also impacted Michigan, where another two people were reported killed, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and western New York.

In Lafayette, Ind., a tornado halted operations at a Rotec Group facility that produces precision steel tubes for the automotive industry, a spokesman for parent company Voestalpine AG told AMM sister publication Steel First. "The entire plant is out of operation," he said, although there were no casualties and the 15 employees present at the time were unharmed.....

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