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Energex Tube scrapping some Lakeside assets

Keywords: Tags  Welland facility, Energex Tube, JMC Steel, Lakeside Steel, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — The city of Welland, Ontario, has issued five permits to JMC Steel Group Inc. subsidiary Energex Tube to demolish various former Lakeside Steel Inc. facilities.

The buildings to be demolished are listed as a machine shop, electric-weld mill, stores, 16-inch mill, seamless and cold-drawn mills, and a 2- to 8-inch finishing and former continuous-weld mills. The total area slated for demolition totals 404,000 square feet, the city said.

"It is expected that demolition will be commencing immediately," it added.

Chicago-based JMC bought Lakeside Steel last year and rolled it into its Energex Tube division (, April 4), later laying off 94 workers as city officials said the company was considering permanent closures at the location (, Dec. 13).

Energex Tube continues to operate a stretch reduction mill at Welland.

"The stretch reduction mill is pretty much running flat out. That’s what is keeping the plant open, basically," Canadian Auto Workers union national representative Doug Orr told AMM.

A company spokesman confirmed that the Welland plant was still operational.

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