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USS’ Great Lakes Works suspends operations

Keywords: Tags  steel, U.S. Steel, Ecorse, Great Lakes Works, BOP shop, basic oxygen process, hot-rolled, cold-rolled coated steel sheet

NEW YORK — U.S. Steel Corp.’s Great Lake Works in Michigan has temporarily suspended operations after a collector main collapsed onto the roof of a "BOP (basic oxygen process) shop" March 27, a company spokeswoman told AMM.

"(Thursday) evening, we had a collector main collapse onto the roof of the building at the No. 2 BOP shop at Great Lakes Works," she said. "No one was injured and all personnel have been accounted for. Operations have been temporarily suspended due to the incident."

Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel is still investigating and assessing the impact on operations, she added.

Great Lakes Works, which sits along the Detroit River in Ecorse, produces hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated sheet steel for the automotive industry. It has three blast furnaces and two top-blown basic oxygen process furnaces, among other facilities, and has an annual raw steelmaking capacity of some 3.8 million net tons.

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