NEW YORK Most
metal companies appear to have been spared the wrath of the
severe weather that ripped through the Midwest Sunday and left
at least eight people dead.
Damage was still being
assessed Monday after dozens of tornadoes were spawned by the
massive thunderstorm system.
Illinois appeared to
take the biggest hit, with six people reported dead and seven
counties declared natural disaster areas by the states
governor as of Monday afternoon, according to media reports.
One tornado that hit Washington, Ill., about 140 miles
southwest of Chicago, was preliminarily given an EF-4 rating,
indicating wind speeds of 170 to 190 miles per hour, according
to National Weather Service data cited by the Associated
The storms also
impacted Michigan, where another two people were reported
killed, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky,
Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and western New
In Lafayette, Ind., a
tornado halted operations at a Rotec Group facility that
produces precision steel tubes for the automotive industry, a
spokesman for parent company Voestalpine AG told AMM
sister publication Steel First. "The entire plant is
out of operation," he said, although there were no casualties
and the 15 employees present at the time were unharmed.
The cost of the damage
isnt yet known and the company is hoping for a partial
restart of operations after an inspection.
Nanshan America Advanced Aluminum Technologies LLC,
across the street from the Rotec plant, was unscathed. "Nanshan
America weathered the storm with no damage. We were up and
running both presses this morning as planned," Tim Donnelly,
director of sales and marketing, said.
Precision Strip Inc. lost half of the roof at its Perrysburg,
Ohio, facility but no workers were injured and no equipment was
damaged, a spokeswoman for parent company Reliance Steel &
Aluminum Co. told AMM Nov. 18.
Product Corp.s screen facility in Perrysburg, Ohio,
suffered damage to part of its roof and lost power Nov. 17, a
spokeswoman said. But the power has since been restored and the
damage to the roof didnt impact operations because the
impacted area didnt cover equipment, she said.
"Everything is back in operation now," the spokeswoman
"Minor power outages
in a couple shops, but restored very quickly; no impact on
production and everyone is safe," a spokeswoman for Severstal
North America Inc., Dearborn, Mich., told AMM via
Chicago-based pipe and tube group JMC Steel Group Inc. and
Houston-based TMK Ipsco, the North American subsidiary of
Russias OAO TMK, said there had been no impact on the
companys facilities from the storm.
"I am at the Atlas
(Tube Inc.) Chicago facility today, and things are operating as
normal," the JMC spokesman told AMM via e-mail.
spokeswoman for Harvey, Ill.-based Atkore International Inc.
said the company was not impacted. "Thank goodness," she said
A source at a large
service center chain with operations in the affected region
said none of the companys facilities had sustained
A wire rod buyer in
the Chicago area also said he wasnt affected by the
storms. "I had some tree limbs down, but the big stuff was 40
or 50 miles out from of us. I have not heard about slowdowns,"
"No impact on our
operations," a spokeswoman for Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USA
LLC said via e-mail.
"Youll start to
see scrap coming in a week or two. Youll see a ton of
utility work going on. There will be a lot of scrap and a lot
of rebuilding, especially in the Illinois area. No damage has
been reported in the Kentuckyana (Louisville Metro area), and
our company didnt see any impact from the storm," a
source at Louisville, Ky.-based Freedom Metals Inc. told
reporting no damage included Able Alloy Inc., Cleveland; Ace
Iron & Metal Co., Columbus, Ohio; AK Steel Corp., West
Chester, Ohio; Haynes International Inc., Kokomo, Ind.;
Kimmel Scrap Iron & Metal Co., Detroit; Metalico Buffalo
Inc., Buffalo, N.Y.; Universal Scrap Metal Co., Chicago; and
Wilkoff & Sons LLC, Cleveland.
There was no response
from Allegheny Technologies Inc., Pittsburgh; Keystone Steel
& Wire Co., Peoria, Ill.; Millennium Alloys LLC, Mars, Pa.;
SSAB Americas, Lisle, Ill.; and United Alloys & Metals
The exact number of
tornadoes in play was unclear. While reports Sunday night
indicated about 80 tornadoes, the actual number was more likely
between 30 and 40, according to the National Weather
Services Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.,
attributing the discrepancy to the same tornadoes being
reported multiple times.
Michael Cowden, Samuel Frizell, Nathan Laliberte, Rey
Mashayeki, Catherine Ngai and Thorsten Schier, New York, and
Lisa Barrington, a London-based reporter for AMM sister
publication Steel First, contributed to this story.