ArcelorMittal USA LLC plans to reopen its long product
finishing facility in Harriman, Tenn., by April, the company
said Jan. 2.
The Harriman facility
will receive billets from the ArcelorMittal mini-mill in
LaPlace, La., and reheat and roll them into light structural
shapes and merchant bars for the construction market. The
reopening of the mill will expand ArcelorMittals long
product portfolio by producing 1- to 3-inch angles and 1- to
"This is an exciting
development for the ArcelorMittal family and the Harriman
region, serving as another indication of the strength and
resiliency of American manufacturing and the U.S. steel
industry," ArcelorMittal Long Carbon North America chief
executive officer P.S. Venkataramanan said.
The facility was
closed in early 2011 due to poor market conditions and the
extra transportation costs incurred by shipping billets through
third-party stevedores, the company said at the time (
amm.com, March 27).
markets have seen steady improvement, with indicators showing
growth and rebar and merchant bar market participants reporting
improving demand and extended mill lead times.
"When a company like
ArcelorMittal is able to restart its operations, it gives the
community a tremendous sense of revival and renewed momentum,"
Tennessee Economic and Community Development commissioner Bill
Harriman has a
capacity of 250,000 tons per year, according to the Association
for Iron and Steel Technology. The facility will bring in 61
employees over the next two years.