EAST CHICAGO, Ind.
(AP) - The world’s largest steelmaker is ramping up a blast furnace that is
the centerpiece of its century-old steelmaking complex in northwestern
Indiana Harbor East bills its No. 7 blast furnace as the biggest in the
Western Hemisphere. The Times of Munster reports ArcelorMittal Americas CEO
Louis Schorsch told analysts Monday the furnace is about halfway through the
process of ramping back up after $70 million in planned maintenance.
He says the furnace
will give the company about 1,000 tons per day of additional hot metal. The
furnace was built in 1980 and relined in 2003.
North American steel production dropped by 1.7 percent to 6.2 million tons
last quarter, largely because of the Indiana furnace work and an unplanned
outage at its Cleveland mill.