NEW YORK NLMK USA has brought forward a planned outage at its Portage, Ind., reheat furnace, a company source confirmed.
The Portage-based steelmaker had planned an outage closer to the end of this month, but due to refractory falling inside the reheat furnace it was forced to schedule it this week, the source said.
A number of customers have been notified that rollings set for this week will be postponed until next week, although the company does not expect the outage to have any major affect on its operations.
NLMK Indiana, formerly Beta Steel, is a prime supplier of hot-rolled, hot-rolled pickled and oiled, hot-rolled coiled plate and carbon and alloy specialty products, according to its website. Its 60-inch hot-strip mill has the capacity to convert 2 million tons of slab per year.