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EVRAZ Reducing Workforce at Oregon Plate Mill

Written by Sandy Williams

EVRAZ NA will reduce its workforce by an additional 65 employees at EVRAZ Oregon Steel as operations are idled in response to weak demand due to the coronavirus. In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification to the state of Oregon, EVRAZ said it “has experienced a significant business downturn” and will permanently reduce the workforce at the Oregon plate mill.

Layoffs commenced June 8 and will be implemented over a two-month period at the Portland plate rolling mill. The facility is the only plate mill in the Western U.S. and adjacent Canadian provinces.

The June announcement follows a similar one that cut 230 employees in April, resulting in the shutdown of the company’s Portland spiral pipe mill. A significant drop in pipe product demand, low oil prices and coronavirus-pandemic-induced economic conditions were cited for the shutdown.

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