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Nucor Idles Louisiana DRI Facility

Written by Sandy Williams

Nucor has idled its direct-reduced-iron facility in Louisiana due to impacts from the coronavirus.

“With the state of Louisiana having been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 outbreak and economic uncertainty nationwide, we have temporarily suspended operations at our Nucor Louisiana direct reduced iron plant,” said a spokesperson for Nucor. “Our steel mills that use DRI as feedstock continue to operate and are utilizing existing DRI inventory.”

“We do not expect this outage to impact our steelmaking operations and we have not laid off any teammates. With the exception of a small maintenance crew on site, we have sent all teammates home as a precautionary measure to ensure their health and wellness.”

Last week, the company idled its DRI facility in Trinidad to comply with government efforts to control COVID-19 infections.

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