NEW YORK An unusual early spring snowstorm in the
Midwest and Mid-Atlantic mostly passed steelmakers by, with
production and shipping at most sites in the region remaining
normal, sources told AMM March 25.
After the weekend storm marched through the Midwest, leaving
record snowfall in St. Louis and up to six inches of snow in
parts of Ohio, it took aim at the East Coast. But most
steelmakers said they have not experienced any disruption in
operations due to the storm.
(We) are running as planned, and the weather is expected
to warm up even more throughout the week, a spokeswoman
for Tampa, Fla.-based Gerdau Long Steel North America told
Other steelmakersincluding AK Steel Corp., ArcelorMittal
USA LLC and Dearborn, Mich.-based Severstal North America
Inc.said they managed to escape weather-related
Weve seen no impact to production or customer
shipments, a spokesman for West Chester, Ohio-based AK
We do not foresee any weather-related issues that would
impact our ability to serve our customers, a spokeswoman
for Chicago-based ArcelorMittal echoed. 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.
Several distributors and fabricators across the region also
said they did not have any issues.
(There has been) no real impact from the storm as of yet,
other than it being a messy day to be a truck driver. Roads are
wide open, said Barry R. Walsh, president and chief
operating officer of Bensalem, Pa.-based service center chain
Pennsylvania Steel Co. Inc.
But one distributor in Kansas City, Mo., said the snow was
complicating shipments and creating delivery problems.
It came all at once and caused a lot of traffic
hassles, he said. On the trucking side, its
just been a nightmare. My dispatchers just about to pull
his hair out. ... Itll probably linger through the rest
of the weeknot so much the snow and ice, but the
confusion about whos getting what where. Were
looking at about a week of confusion to get back on the
straight and narrow.
Anytime you have major snowstorms, the system slows
down, the president of an Iowa-based trucking company
that delivers steel told AMM. Usually if theres
problems, there might be problems with the small
However, he said he wasnt aware of any major slowdowns
and expected a quick recovery on the roads. Its a
really heavy spring wet snow, and as fast as it comes, it goes
away almost as quick, he said.
Corrina Petry, Chicago, and Thorsten Schier, New York,
contributed to this story.