CHICAGO Metals companies spent Tuesday assessing the
impact of former Hurricane Sandy, which left a wide swath of
flooding, power outages and road and bridge closures along much
of the East Coast.
Many processing and distribution facilities remained closed
Tuesday, while others said they planned to reopen Tuesday
afternoon or early Wednesday after reviewing the damage.
Several parts of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and
Connecticut reported severe disruptions to telephone and
electric service Tuesday, while a number of metal companies
reported staff shortages.
Metals USA Holdings Corp., which operates a number of East
Coast service centers, suffered minor damage at several
locations "in the path of Sandy," chairman, president and chief
executive officer Lourenco Goncalves told AMM, noting
that crews were on site Tuesday cleaning up debris.
"The biggest problem is with transportation systems, which
are in disarray. We are unable to ship material from all
locations at our leisure. We have to take into consideration
the viability of the roads and the receiving customers,"
Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel Corp., which said Monday it had
idled operations at its Fairless galvanizing operation near
amm.com, Oct. 29), told AMM that the facility
appeared to weather the storm unscathed and was expected to
reopen sometime Tuesday.
"So far, no U.S. Steel facilities have sustained damage as a
result of Hurricane Sandy," a company spokeswoman said. "We
will continue to monitor conditions at all of our operating
facilities and business unit locations that were in or near the
Tampa, Fla.-based Gerdau Long Steel North America, which
temporarily idled its operations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania
and Virginia for the safety of its employees, said Tuesday it
was "very fortunate" to have weathered the storm without any
major damage to its facilities.
"The area surrounding the Sayreville mill in New Jersey does
not have power (but) as soon as power is restored and the roads
are safe to travel, the mill will be back in operation," a
spokeswoman said. Gerdaus Petersburg mill in Virginia is
operating and other Gerdau locations in the Northeast will be
operating by Tuesday afternoon or early Wednesday, she
AK Steel Holdings Corp., ArcelorMittal USA Inc., Commercial
Metals Co. (CMC), Evraz Inc. North America and Nucor Corp.
could not be reached for comment Tuesday on the status of their
East Coast operations.
Structural steel service center InfraMetals said its
Connecticut and Virginia locations were "100 percent
operational" Tuesday as power was restored, even though
president Mark Haight reported that "things were bad,
especially along the shoreline" in and around Baltimore. "We
didnt ship anything yesterday or today but well be
back in full force on Wednesday," Haight said of its Baltimore
Earle M. Jorgensen Co. territory manager Bill Adams said the
specialty tube and bar distributor "dodged a bullet" because
its Boston and Philadelphia plants were up and running with no
damage. "Our Connecticut location is out of power, but should
be back soon. Disruption has been minimal, considering the size
and intensity of the storm."
There was no answer at ONeal Flat Rolled Metals
Monroe Township, N.J., warehouse or at the Fort Lee, N.J.-based
marketing and distribution center of CMC. An automated voice
message at stainless distributor Penn Stainless Products Inc.,
Quakertown, Pa., said the company would reopen Wednesday.
A source told AMM that Camden, N.J.-based secondary aluminum
producer State Metal Industries Inc. drained its furnaces
Sunday in expectation of storm-related issues and was closed
Monday and Tuesday, but president Mike Dorfman said Tuesday
that the company had sustained "very little damage" and would
The Cranford, N.J., headquarters of recycler Metalico Inc.
did not answer calls for comment, although a company source
said he expected the office to remain closed through
One aluminum alloy producer said that he had heard
deliveries out of London Metal Exchange warehouses in Baltimore
were delayed because of the storm.
Meanwhile, Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. has not yet had
the chance to inspect every facility, chairman and chief
executive officer David H. Hannah told AMM Tuesday,
noting that early indications suggested little impact. "Our
facilities in the affected areas are all closed down both
yesterday and today. Im not aware of any damage to our
facilities at this time," he said.
Olympic Steel Inc.s Milford, Conn., and Chambersburg,
Pa., facilities were closed Tuesday as a result of mandates to
keep non-emergency vehicles off the roads, but the facilities
reported no storm damage. "We expect to be back at work
(Wednesday), depending on the restoration of power in
Connecticut," president and chief operating officer David
Vineland, N.J.-based Giordanos Recycling was open
Tuesday, although the surrounding area is still in a state of
emergency. Operations manager Nick Giordano said the closure of
Newark piers and flood damage to local railroads were likely to
have an impact on local freight operations.
The office of specialty alloy producer Aerodyne Alloys LLC,
South Windsor, Conn., also was closed Tuesday because "all the
roads are closed," but a spokeswoman said the service center is
set to reopen Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Charles C. Lewis Co. in Springfield, Mass.,
resumed shipping steel Tuesday as it retained power. "We will
make up for shipments lost (Monday)," president Jack Corrigan
A source at Beachwood, Ohio-based Aleris International Inc.
said the company sent staff home early on Monday in North
Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia. "All plants and employees
fared very well. All safe and no damage to speak of. Our
facilities in West Virginia are catching a walloping of snow,
but everyone is safe," he said in an e-mail.
Daniel Fitzgerald and Thorsten Schier contributed to this