Republic Steels deliveries remain behind schedule despite
the producer restarting its Canton, Ohio, melt shop about a
month ago after replacing a transformer that failed Aug. 2,
some customers said.
that Republics shipments have not improved. ... They are
between one and two months late. Its hand to mouth. They
arent shipping to orders anymore but to worst-case
scenario, so customers dont have to shut down production.
Its not ideal," one forging customer said.
"They have done a good
job of communicating (to customers) about it," he said. "It
seems like from a sales standpoint theyre good, but
production is just not executing."
A Great Lakes bar
processor and distributor also said he sees "delays of steel
coming out of Republic. We are quoting new business and being
told February deliveries. We actually need the material in
He agreed that
Canton-based Republic Steel is up front about its difficulties.
"They are ahead on the communication side, but certain alloys
they make that are very application specific (are quoted with)
six-month lead times."
It takes too long to
qualify another source for such applications, so customers just
have to be patient, he said.
Apart from the
transformer replacement, "there are issues at Canton that we
are trying to get balanced and up to speed," a spokesman for
Republic Steel told AMM. "We certainly want to use as
much of our existing and soon-to-be started capacity as we can.
Its part of our plan and our expectation."
The company has begun
cold commissioning of its electric-arc furnace and other steel
refining and casting operations at its Lorain, Ohio,
steelmaking complex (
amm.com, Sept. 19), and expects to begin ramping
up production in less than 75 days.
"Our new capacity
should be on-stream by the first of the year after trials and
qualifications, so we are looking at filling that up," the
Republic Steel spokesman said. The company will sell the
additional tonnage to tube manufacturers, automakers and their
suppliers, "but also other end markets: heavy truck,
distribution, construction equipment."