CHICAGO U.S. Steel Corp. is restarting steelmaking operations at its Great Lakes Works in Ecorse, Mich.
"The start-up process is under way," a company spokeswoman told AMM via e-mail May 15.
Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel had expected to resume output in mid-May (amm.com, April 30). It halting output in late March following a roof collapse and the death of a contractor (amm.com, March 28), later declaring force majeure on shipments to auto contract customers (amm.com, April 11).
The plant has an annual raw steelmaking capacity of around 3.8 million tons, making hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated sheet steels largely for automotive customers, according to U.S. Steels website.
Separately, some U.S. Steel customers said they have received inquiries from the steelmaker recently about placing orders for spot tons.
U.S. Steel has reported limited ability to play in the spot market (amm.com, April 30). The limitations were due to problems at its Great Lakes Works and winter-related supply chain issues that hit steel producers across the Great Lakes region, as well as its Gary (Ind.) Works (amm.com, April 17).