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Nucor Birmingham mill output hit by explosion

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PITTSBURGH — Production has stopped at the reheat furnace at Nucor Corp.’s steel bar mill in Birmingham, Ala., due to an explosion there Dec. 26.

The explosion inside the reheat furnace occurred during a routine start-up of the furnace following the Christmas holiday, the Charlotte, N.C.-based company told AMM.

There were no injuries and the cause of the incident is still under investigation.

"The incident is not expected to cause delays in product delivery while the furnace is being repaired," the company told AMM via e-mail.

The concrete reinforced steel bar mill is expected to be down for about four weeks, sources said.

The mill is still capable of producing billets but won’t be able to convert these to rebar until the reheat furnace is repaired.

Rebar production has reportedly been transferred to Nucor’s Darlington, S.C., and Jackson, Miss., mills, AMM has been told.

Some scrap shipments slated for Birmingham are now being redirected to other Nucor mills, including its plate mill in Tuscaloosa, Ala., sources said.

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