NLMK USA’s plant in Farrell, Pa., is running a full schedule right now, but will idle its hot strip mill next week as the plant is low on slabs.
The mill is dependent on imports of slabs. Its allocation of slabs for the second quarter does not open until April 1. The mill expects slabs to begin arriving around April 4-5, at which time the HSM will restart production. The anticipated outage on the hot strip mill is 10-14 days, the company told Steel Market Update.
In light of the automotive shutdown and closures of manufacturing facilities by individual state governments, the mill is expecting a slowing of the flow of orders. On Thursday, the governor of the Pennsylvania ordered all “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down. However, NLMK Pennsylvania plants are considered essential businesses and will continue to operate, the company said.
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