ArcelorMittal ramping up BF at Indiana Harbor

Aug 01, 2014 | 02:54 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  steel, ArcelorMittal SA, quaterly results, North American operations, ramp-up, blast furnace, Louis L. Schorsh

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 furnace—the largest in the Western Hemisphere—online 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 ArcelorMittal’s Americas division, said during a quarterly earnings conference call Aug. 1.

"It’s hard to overstate the importance of this No. 7 furnace to us. And it’s been limping along for the last year and a half or so," Schorsch said, noting that the furnace also is the steelmaker’s largest.....

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