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Gerdau mill to restart after Hurricane Sandy

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CHICAGO — Gerdau Long Steel North America plans to resume operations at its Sayreville, N.J., steel mill— which had been left without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy—by next week.

“We are in the process of restarting operations and expect to be running next week, but it could possibly be sooner,” a spokeswoman for the Tampa, Fla.-based steelmaker said in an e-mail to AMM Wednesday.

The company, part of Porto Alegre, Brazil-based Gerdau SA, initiated an emergency management plan to ensure employee safety before the storm hit, the spokeswoman said.

The Sayreville area, including Gerdau’s Sayreville mill, was left without power because of Hurricane Sandy. But the company said that it had weathered the storm without suffering damage to any of its facilities (, Oct. 30).

Gerdau’s Sayreville steel mill makes reinforcing bar, angles, flats, squares and handrails, according to the 2012 Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) directory. It has annual capacity of 600,000 tons per year and employs 230 people. 

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