breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by Irondale Industrial
Contractors Inc. against Gerdau Special Steel North America in
February was dismissed without prejudice May 13, as the two
sides agreed to proceed to arbitration.
In a complaint filed Feb. 27 in
U.S. District Court in Alabama, Irondale claimed that it was
owed more than $4.8 million in unpaid invoices and expenses
incurred for work performed at the Jackson, Mich.-based
steelmakers plant in Monroe, Mich. (
amm.com, March 4).
Birmingham, Ala.-based Irondale
was contracted in October 2011 to perform construction services
related to installation of a caster at the mill, according to
Since the original contract required the parties to
arbitrate claims, Irondale had filed a motion to stay
litigation and compel arbitration at the same time that it
filed its complaint.