NEW YORK Scheduled maintenance on the C6 blast furnace at ArcelorMittal USA LLCs Cleveland plant is complete, and the newly relined unit is back in operation, a company spokeswoman confirmed.
"In partnership with the United Steelworkers, ArcelorMittal Cleveland safely and successfully restarted the furnace on Nov. 18," she told AMM via e-mail. "The furnace reline improves the efficiency and reliability of the asset and ultimately allows ArcelorMittal and the Cleveland facility to be well positioned to meet future customer demand."
The C6 furnace was scheduled to take a 2.5-month maintenance outage starting early September (amm.com, June 19). The unit was originally constructed in 1952 and was last relined in 1989.
Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USAs Cleveland plant, one of its largest in the United States, operates two blast furnaces and has an annual production capacity of 3.8 million tons of raw steel. The mill produces hot-rolled, cold-rolled full-hard, cold-rolled full-finished and hot-dipped galvanized sheet, as well as semifinished material.