CHICAGO The metals
industry appeared to be well prepared Monday for the impact of
Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia, along
with the District of Columbiahad all declared a state of
emergency as of Monday afternoon, with many shutting down
highways and public transportation.
Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C.,
has shut down its Wallingford, Conn., rebar and wire rod mill
as a precaution, president and chief operating officer John
Ferriola told AMM Monday. "The only Nucor facility
impacted is Connecticut. We shut it down as a precaution, for
the safety of our teammates, at 7 p.m. Sunday," he said. "We
will see if we can begin operations after the storm. We
dont expect other Nucor facilities to be impacted at
Tampa, Fla.-based Gerdau said it
was temporarily idling its operations in New Jersey,
Pennsylvania and Virginia for the safety of its employees. The
company said it plans to restart operations after the storm has
passed and the public is able to travel safely on the roads,
which is anticipated late Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel
Corp. said it had idled operations at its Fairless galvanizing
operation near Philadelphia for the safety of its employees.
"After the storm passes, we will monitor events in the area
closely to determine when the facility can resume operations,"
the company said. "All other U. S. Steel operating facilities
and business unit locations near the projected path of the
storm are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared to
take appropriate action as needed."
Evraz Inc. North America shut
its Claymont, Del., plate mill. "Everybody is gone. We are all
shut down," a security guard told AMM. "When I came
into work, they told me we are shut down until Wednesday
(morning) and that we would return to a regular schedule on
Wednesday." A corporate spokeswoman couldnt be reached
for comment, but a local scrap broker said Evraz wasnt
accepting scrap shipments Monday.
Carpenter Technology Corp.,
Wyomissing, Pa., noted on its Facebook page that a high wind
warning was in effect for Berks County, Pa., until 9 a.m.
Tuesday. "Several shifts in Reading have been impacted by the
storm. Employees on the affected shifts have been contacted,
and may be contacted again if the situation causes a change to
our current plans. All other employees are expected to report
for their normal shift, but only if they can travel safely to
work," it said.
Bridgeville, Pa.-based Universal
Stainless & Alloy Products Inc.s top executive said
the company was open for business. "We are ... fully
operational at the moment with no plans for shutdown. Of
course, we are monitoring the situation," chairman, president
and chief executive officer Dennis Oates told AMM in
Storm preparations affected
scrapyards directly. Sources at Albert Bros. in Waterbury,
Conn., Abbey Metals Corp. in Moonachie, N.J., and IntraGalactic
Metal Recyclers LLC in Philadelphia said the scrapyards closed
at noon Monday.
"We probably wont be able
to open until Wednesday," a source at Abbey Metals told
Metalico Inc.s Cranford,
N.J., headquarters and its Elizabethtown, N.J., facility were
shut down due to evacuations in the state, a company source
told AMM, while a source at Hunter Alloys LLC in
Boonton, N.J., said the company would stay open Monday until
conditions deteriorated. Some scrapyards and service centers in
New York didnt answer phones.
An executive at brokerage firm
ProTrade Steel Co. Ltd.s ProTrade International Transfer
Services unit said operations at Virginia Beach and Richmond,
Va., trading offices were closed for the duration of the
Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Inc.
hadnt shut any of its facilities as of early Monday
afternoon, although this could change if the storm worsens, a
spokeswoman told AMM. "We are closely monitoring
facilities that could be affected by Hurricane Sandy and will
take safety precautions as needed in those areas," she said.
"The safety of our employees is our top priority."
Century Aluminum Co., Monterey,
Calif., which has operations in Hawesville, Ky., and Mount
Holly, S.C., hadnt shut any facilities as a result of the
storm, a spokeswoman said.
Scores of service center
operations in Connecticut and Massachusetts shut down starting
noon Monday, hoping to reopen Tuesday, and many made very early
deliveries in order to get their trucks off the roads.
"The highways are shut down (in
Connecticut and the governor wants trucks off the road by
noon," said Jack Corrigan, president of Charles C. Lewis Co.,
Springfield, Mass. "We are right on the Connecticut border, so
it looks like everyone is shutting down. Well open
(Tuesday) if we have power."
Bill Sullivan, owner of Sullivan
Metals Co. Inc. and president of the Metals Service Center
Institutes New England chapter, said that he and several
competitors he spoke with Monday were planning noon closures.
"The trucks are definitely getting off the road. The
Connecticut steel industry is pretty much shut down. I would
think that in Massachusetts we will be following suit, probably
a couple hours later."
His company sent everyone home
at 1 p.m. "I think everybody is prepared," Sullivan said. "It
would be idiotic if you werent; people have been warned
about this for five days."
Copper & Brass Sales Inc.,
Wallingford, Conn., also sent employees home, and is "keeping
an eye on the storm and on the power situation" to determine
"whether well be open (Tuesday)," a spokesman said.
Ellicott City, Md.-based Service
Aluminum Corp. closed its offices at noon Monday in
anticipation of the storm.
Delaware and Rhode Island
highways were shut down by Monday afternoon. Massachusetts
highways and bridges were open but travel was discouraged,
transportation officials said.
Class I railroads servicing the
Eastern Seaboard issued notices to customers saying shipments
would be delayed by up to 72 hours, even well west into
Norfolk Southern Corp. halted
train operations in storm-affected areas for the most part, a
spokesman for the Jersey City, N.J.-based railroad said in an
e-mail. While the company declined to comment on the shipment
of specific commodities, the spokesman added that it had made
"extensive preparations ahead of the storms arrival."
"The storm has yet to make
landfall, but so far we are not getting reports of significant
damage to rail infrastructure, including track structure,
signal systems, bridges or buildings," a spokeswoman for the
Association of American Railroads said.
Several metal producers reported
they were continuing to operate, including Steel Dynamics Inc.,
Severstal North America Inc., Allegheny Technology Inc.,
Constellium Inc. and Commercial Metals Co., but were closely
monitoring the storm and such impacts as flooding.
The Washington offices of the
American Iron and Steel Institute and the Steel Manufacturers
Association were closed Monday, but staffers worked from home,
according to their media liaisons.
Contributing to this article
were Michael Cowden, Daniel Fitzgerald, Lisa Gordon, Catherine
Ngai, Thor Schier and Suzy Waite.