ArcelorMittal USA LLCs upcoming 10-week maintenance
outage at its Cleveland facility, in which it is investing some
$55 million, will likely fuel continued momentum in the steel
The company has
scheduled the maintenance outage, which will involve a partial
reline of its C-6 furnace, to start Sept. 5, United
Steelworkers union Local 979 president Mark Granakis told
AMM. "The company is looking for this plant to make
advanced high-strength steel. It was time for the blast furnace
to get rebuilt," he said.
The partial reline of
the C-6 furnace will increase its capacity by approximately 10
percent, or 500 to 600 tons per day, AMM has been
told. The C-6 furnace was constructed in 1952 and the last
reline was in 1989, a spokeswoman said in June (
amm.com, June 19).
The steel producer had
planned the reline in an effort to improve efficiency,
productivity and reliability of the furnace, she said.
The mills other
furnacethe C-5will operate normally while the C-6
furnace is undergoing the reline. The company doesnt
"anticipate any impact on our ability to meet customer demand,"
a spokesman for the Chicago-based steelmaker said via e-mail
The C-6 furnace can
produce some 1.51 million tons per year, or 4,150 tons per day,
according to the Association for Iron and Steel Technology,
while the larger C-5 furnace produces 1.59 million tons per
year, or some 4,350 tons per day.
While the outage
itself wouldnt necessarily mean a tightening in the steel
sheet market, it contributes to other factors that could keep
the market tight over the next couple of weeks.