ArcelorMittal USA LLC has scheduled a 2.5-month maintenance
outage to reline its C6 blast furnace in Cleveland starting
early September, a company spokeswoman confirmed.
"There will be
concurrent outages at the facilitys No. 1 steel producing
operations for planned maintenance activities," she said.
"Preparations to idle the furnace are under way, and the outage
is expected to last approximately 2.5 months."
While the blast
furnace will be down, the mills other furnace, the C5, as
well as the No. 2 steel producing operations, will operate as
"The outage will not
impact our customers, as we are fully prepared to continue to
meet customer demand," she said.
C6 furnace was constructed in 1952 and was last relined in
1989. The reline is expected to improve the efficiency,
productivity and reliability of the furnace in order to meet
future customer demand, the spokeswoman added.
steelmakers Cleveland facility, one of its largest in the
United States, operates two blast furnaces and has an annual
production capacity of 3.8 million tons of raw steel. The mill
produces hot-rolled, cold-rolled full-hard, cold-rolled
full-finished and hot-dipped galvanized sheet, as well as