NEW YORK U.S. Steel Corp.s Gary Works in northwest Indiana has received "the first of several deliveries of iron ore planned for this week," a company spokeswoman told AMM via e-mail April 6.
"The facility is operating at reduced capacity as we work to replenish iron ore inventory levels over the coming weeks," she said.
Separately, the companys Great Lakes Works in Ecorse, Mich., remains "offline" as the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker continues to "evaluate the repairs needed," the spokeswoman said. "In the meantime, we are in contact with our customers in an effort to minimize the impact on their operations."
U.S. Steel was forced to temporarily suspend a blast oxygen process shop at its Great Lakes Works late last month after a roof collapsed (amm.com, March 28). A few days later, the company said it was temporarily curtailing its blast furnaces and steelmaking operations at its Gary Works due to ice conditions on the Great Lakes (amm.com, April 3).
These supply disruptions, along with a tighter market, have allowed a number of steelmakers to increase steel sheet prices (amm.com, April 4).