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Steelton furnace mishap impacts scrap buys

Keywords: Tags  ArcelorMittal USA, steel, Steelton, ferrous scrap, July, mill, breakout, electric-arc furnace Rey Mashayekhi

NEW YORK — A furnace breakout at ArcelorMittal USA LLC’s mill in Steelton, Pa., has impacted the facility’s ferrous scrap buys for July and forced the mill to move up a maintenance shutdown previously scheduled for August, AMM has learned.

The breakout at Steelton’s 150-ton electric-arc furnace (EF) occurred late last week, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the facility’s operations. The incident is expected to sideline the mill for one to two weeks, with ArcelorMittal moving up a maintenance shutdown at the facility—previously scheduled for August—to deal with the problem.

The incident also has affected Steelton’s ferrous scrap buys this month, with numerous regional scrap sources noting that the facility’s buys have traded sideways from last month. The mill’s scrap intake volumes also have been affected; Steelton’s buy program for July "was originally planned to be large," one source said, but has been "reduced significantly" in the wake of the breakout.

Representatives of Chicago-based ArcelorMittal could not be reached for comment.

The Steelton mill operates an EF, a three-strand continuous jumbo bloom caster and an ingot-teeming facility, as well as various rolling and finishing mills. The facility produces railroad rail, forging-quality ingots and blooms, and various bar products for use in railroad, open-die forging and industrial applications.

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