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US mills unscathed as snow plows through

Keywords: Tags  snowstorm, ArcelorMittal, JMC, Severstal, AK Steel, Nucor, Steel Dynamics, steel Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — Steelmakers across the Midwest and Northeast appeared largely unaffected by the snowstorm sweeping through the region, with production and operations at most sites remaining normal.

The snowstorm that started to blanket the Chicago region late March 5 hit Washington early March 6, shutting down federal offices, bringing power lines down and forcing thousands of flights to be delayed or canceled.

But steelmakers contacted by AMM said they remained unscathed by the storm’s effects.

Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USA LLC didn’t foresee any "weather-related issues" impacting its ability to serve customers, a company spokeswoman said.

"ArcelorMittal facilities operate on a 24/7, 365-day-per-year schedule. Our employees are well versed and experienced in managing our operations during harsh weather conditions, and we have the necessary processes in place to do so safely," she said in an e-mail.

A spokesman for JMC Steel Group Inc., Chicago, also said that operations were normal in the aftermath of the heavy March storm.

West Chester, Ohio-based AK Steel Corp. said its mills were also running as planned. "There has been no impact to our operations or shipments to customers due to the storm," a spokesman said in an e-mail.

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Steel Dynamics Inc. said that production hadn’t been affected at any of its facilities, while Severstal North America Inc., Dearborn, Mich., also was unaffected, according to a spokeswoman.

U.S. Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, said it suffered no interruptions, and Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor Corp. didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Thorsten Schier, New York, contributed to this story.

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