ArcelorMittal shutting down blast furnace at Cleveland plant

ArcelorMittal steel plant
Posted at 4:42 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 16:45:42-04

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland steel plant has announced that it will temporarily idle one of its two blast furnaces due to the “economic slowdown” caused by coronavirus.

ArcelorMittal said in a statement that crews will start to idle the furnace Thursday at 7 a.m. The task is expected to be finished by 10 p.m.

"ArcelorMittal has made the difficult decision to temporarily blow down one of its two blast furnaces in Cleveland, C6. This action is in response to the economic slowdown precipitated by the COVID-19 outbreak and represents an effort to align our steelmaking production with our customers’ needs,” the company stated.

There may be activity and/or noise at the facility during the blow down process that people aren’t used to hearing during its regular operation, according to the plant.

The company states that “safety and environmental compliance are our top priorities in this process, as well as protecting the equipment for future restart."

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