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Ternium evaluates damage after zinc leak

Keywords: Tags  Ternium, zinc, Shreveport, galvanizing, Rey Mashayekhi

NEW YORK — Steel producer Ternium SA is evaluating damage sustained after a July 5 leakage of molten zinc at its mill in Shreveport, La.

The local fire department responded promptly to the incident at the mill’s galvanizing line after molten zinc leaked onto electrical wiring, the company said.

Ternium is assessing the incident’s potential effects on production "in order to implement measures aimed at minimizing its impact on the services supplied to our customers," it said July 7.

The company said it is still investigating the circumstances that led to the fire.

Neither officials at Ternium’s Shreveport mill, nor the Shreveport Fire Department, could be reached for comment July 8.

Luxembourg-based Ternium operates steelmaking and rolling facilities in Houston, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, as well as Shreveport.

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