Winter storm puts some operations on ice

Jan 29, 2014 | 05:32 PM | Daniel Fitzgerald

Tags  winter storm, steel production, transport, rebar mill, natural gas, scrap flows, Novelis, barge traffic port closures

NEW YORK — A major winter storm has caused metal production outages, port closures and a reported overall reduction in trading activity across the South and Midwest.

While the National Weather Service advised that wintry precipitation was expected to end across the southeastern United States on Jan. 29, winter weather advisories remained in effect for portions of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, while hard freeze warnings also remained in effect for the lower Mississippi Valley and Southeast.

Energy curtailments have forced some producers, such as Steel Dynamics Inc., to scale back or alter their production schedules as supply becomes strained and priority is given to residential customers (, Jan. 29).....

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