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ArcelorMittal to idle Cleveland furnace

Keywords: Tags  ArcelorMittal, blast furnace, Cleveland plant, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — 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 facility’s 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 mill’s other furnace, the C5, as well as the No. 2 steel producing operations, will operate as normal.

"The outage will not impact our customers, as we are fully prepared to continue to meet customer demand," she said.

ArcelorMittal’s 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.

The global steelmaker’s 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 semifinished material.

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