ArcelorMittal ramping up BF at Indiana Harbor
Aug 01, 2014 | 02:54 PM
| Michael Cowden
CHICAGO ArcelorMittal SA is ramping up production at the No. 7 blast furnace at its Indiana Harbor complex in East Chicago, Ind., after a $70-million planned maintenance outage, a company executive said.
The Luxembourg-based steelmaker brought the furnacethe largest in the Western Hemisphereonline roughly one week earlier than expected after "major repairs" and is roughly halfway through the ramp-up process, Louis L. Schorsch, chief executive officer of ArcelorMittals Americas division, said during a quarterly earnings conference call Aug. 1.
"Its hard to overstate the importance of this No. 7 furnace to us. And its been limping along for the last year and a half or so," Schorsch said, noting that the furnace also is the steelmakers largest.....
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