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by Scrap Magazine | Aug 25, 2020

Steelmaker Idles Ohio EAF But Plans Upgrade

JSW Steel USA (Baytown, Texas), a subsidiary of JSW Group (Mumbai), has idled its flat-rolled steel mill in Mingo Junction, Ohio, and laid off 160 workers in response to a sharp decline in demand, the Hindu Business Line reports.

The mill was shut down in April and May, local Fox affiliate WTOV9 says, but it had restarted operations in June. The company has stated its hopes that the shutdown will be for “less than six months,” the Hindu Business Line says.

During the shutdown, JSW Steel plans to remove the facility’s electric-arc furnace, which is capable of producing 1.5 million mt of steel per year, and replace it with a Tenova Consteel EAF of the same capacity, the newspaper reports. The upgraded EAF will allow the Mingo Junction plant to produce 12-inch slabs for the company’s pipe and plate mill subsidiary in Baytown, Texas, the Hindu Business Line says. The company installed a new automation system for the furnace during its initial period of idle operations. Visit www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/jsw-steel-idles-us-plant-to-lay-off-160-employees/article32104192.ece or wtov9.com/news/local/jsw-steel-idling-mingo-junction-mill.

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