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Nucor Texas outage halts some scrap intake

Keywords: Tags  Nucor, Jewett, rebar, merchant products, channels, angles, furnace outage, shredded scrap Samuel Frizell

NEW YORK — Nucor Corp.’s Jewett, Texas, mill is not accepting any material except shredded scrap until the end of the week due to structural damage under its furnace, sources confirmed.

The mill likely will start accepting other material again by the end of the week.

The Jewett facility shipped material out as recently as Tuesday morning, and one source outside the company said Jewett would continue shipping steel despite the furnace outage.

"It’s a maintenance thing," the source said. "For melting right now they could be down a few hours or a few days, but as far as rolling they have enough billets to keep rolling through the end of the week."

The Jewett mill produces steel angles, channels, flats, reinforcing bar, rounds, special sections and squares, and has a total bar mill capacity of about 1.1 million tons per year, according to the Association for Iron and Steel Technology’s directory of U.S. iron and steel plants.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor couldn’t be reached for comment.

Editor's Note: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story misidentified the grades of scrap being accepted.

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