JSW Steel USA announced the completion of the modernization of its plant in Mingo Junction, Ohio. The modernized electric arc furnace at the plant resumes production. The upgrade will enable the Ohio plant to produce 12-inch slabs, which will primarily be supplied to the subsidiary of the Baytown, Texas tube mill.
In July 2020, the company announced its decision to suspend operations at its electric arc furnace (EAF) steel mill in Mingo Junction, Ohio, largely due to falling demand and the need to upgrade equipment. The renovation included the elimination of the existing 1.5 Mtpa kiln and its replacement with a new Tenova Consteel.
In the first quarter of 2020, the mill produced approximately 73,000 metric tons of hot rolled coils, i.e. for the last full quarter for which production results are available. At the end of April, the company stopped production due to the installation of new automation systems.
In addition, JSW Steel USA announced an early restart of the plate mill by the end of February this year. The plant underwent a significant modernization of equipment in order to increase production capabilities.
The imminent mill restart is welcomed by the Mingo Junction community, which has been grappling with difficulties since its closure.