NEW YORK Steel
producer Ternium SA expects the coating line at its Shreveport,
La., mill to resume full operations in the coming week
after a July 5 fire caused by a Galvalume zinc leakage.
The mills paint
line is functioning, but its coating line is undergoing repairs
in the hope of resuming operations soon, according to a Ternium
spokeswoman. She added that Ternium is "in close contact with
customers and (does not) expect a significant impact" on order
deliveries due to the shutdown.
A Shreveport Fire
Department spokesman told AMM that responders worked
with plant personnel to "slow production to a point where the
product cooled itself down and sealed around the leak in the
vat." The spokesman said that one vat on the coating line, the
mills galvanizing vat, remained operational.