ArcelorMittal is laying off 877 union and salaried workers at Indiana Harbor in addition to the 454 at ArcelorMittal Cleveland. The layoffs took effect on Saturday and will continue for the next two weeks until completed.
In an amended letter to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, ArcelorMittal said, “Due to additional and unforeseen deterioration in the market for our products since the announcement of temporary layoffs…the company is now required to institute indefinite layoffs of represented employees and certain terminations among salaried, unrepresented employees at the ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor facility.”
ArcelorMittal cited depressed business conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We expect that these layoffs will be indefinite, and we cannot predict their duration at this time, although we now expect that they will last longer than six (6) months.”
The Indiana Harbor layoffs come at the same time that the No. 4 blast furnace at IH was restarted following the damage and temporary idling of the D blast furnace at Burns Harbor.
ArcelorMittal USA is currently operating BFs 4 and 7 at Indiana Harbor and BF C-5 at Cleveland.
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