NEW YORK NLMK USAs electric-arc furnace at its Portage, Ind., mill has been offline since May 30 due to a bearings issue, but no customer deliveries have been affected, a company executive confirmed to AMM.
The main bearing over the roof of the furnace had an issue that is being investigated, James Banker, NLMK USAs executive vice president of commercial, said. The furnace is expected to resume operations June 6, while its hot-strip mill continues to operate by excess slabs.
"We had adequate slab inventory, so there were no delivery disruptions to customers," he added.
The Portage-based companys Indiana facility produces a variety of hot-rolled sheet and plate in coil products, and supplies a number of industries, including the pipe and tube, agricultural, construction and service center sectors. The companys EF melt shop has a capacity of 770,000 tonnes of liquid steel and its hot-strip mill can produce 1.2 million tonnes of coils annually.
Anne Riley, New York, contributed to this story.