Extreme weather conditions, particularly across the Midwest,
were sparking some service disruptions and closures, industry
sources told AMM Jan. 6, as much of the United States
and Canada was bracing for a cold front that threatened
Scrap metal sources in
the Midwest and Ohio Valley cited difficulties with equipment
due to the cold weather, while there were reports of major
producers having to shut down operations.
"The weather is
causing problems for us. ... We cant shear at all, and
the baler is running very slowly. Cranes are having trouble as
well," one Cincinnati-based scrap recycler said.
"(Were) having a
difficult time with equipment. ... We are closed except for
handling factories that we are obligated to handle," according
to a scrap source in central Indiana, which was under a state
of emergency due to the extreme conditions.
most of our time moving snow, and a number of the industrial
accounts arent running today because its so cold.
This is the perfect storm, literally, with the low temperatures
and the snow storm. If (the severe weather conditions) go on
long enough, its going to really affect the flow (of
scrap)," Dave Rumer, vice president of Behr Iron & Metal
Co.s Peoria, Ill., operations, told AMM.
The weather conditions
could significantly cut down on the number of shipping days for
the month, he said. "Now its probably going to be a
15-day month if were lucky."
A source at one
Peoria-based service center said the company wasnt
sending shipments out Jan. 6 as a result of the weather, while
a source at Hanley Steel Inc., also in Peoria, said the company
had been unaffected.
Other scrap and
service center sources across the Midwest noted little to no
disruptions, other than absent personnel and a potential
slowdown in customer flow.
"Weve got a few
people that havent made it in to work and a few customers
that have experienced the same, so things are slow. The phones
are quiet, lets put it that way," one Chicago-area
service center source said of the severe weathers impact
normally. Were shipping, getting trucks in, getting
trucks out," one Ontario-based scrap metal source said. "Our
plant will still run. Whether our trucks will be running
because we cant get them started, I dont know."
facilities" of Peoria-based equipment manufacturer Caterpillar
Inc., have been closed "due to the extreme weather," the
company said Sunday evening. "Our manufacturing plants in East
Peoria, Ill., closed overnight (Jan. 5) and first shift (Jan.
6), and our engine plant in Lafayette, Ind., is closed ... as
ArcelorMittal USA LLC said it's facilities remain
"ArcelorMittal facilities operate on a 24/7, 365-day per year
schedule," a spokeswoman told AMM in an email Jan.
"We do not foresee any significant weather-related issues that
would impact our ability to serve our customers."
Catherine Ngai and Daniel Fitzgerald, New York,
contributed to this story.