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AK Steel Banks Michigan Blast Furnace

31 Mar 2020 - With the COVID-19 pandemic having brought North American auto production to a halt, AK Steel is temporarily idling its Dearborn Works in Michigan, reports Fastmarkets AMM.  

U. S. Steel Takes Two BFs Out of Service, Postpones Capital Projects

27 Mar 2020 - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the sudden deterioration in the oil and gas markets, United States Steel Corporation is idling two blast furnaces and delaying a number of capital projects.

U.S. Imports Fall to 10-Year Low in February

26 Mar 2020 - U.S. steel imports fell slightly more than 38% in February 2020, dropping to a level not seen since 2009, reports commodities news and pricing service Argus. 

North American Auto Plants Postpone Restarts

25 Mar 2020 - Ford, Toyota and Hyundai are extending coronavirus shutdowns of their North American plants, and Kia has announced its intention to temporarily stop production in the U.S., reports WardsAuto. 

U. S. Steel Idles Ohio, Texas Tube Mills

24 Mar 2020 - United States Steel Corporation has informed workers that will indefinitely idle its seamless tube plant in Lorain, Ohio, as well as its Lone Star tubular operations in Texas, reports The (Elyria, Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram newspaper. 

ArcelorMittal, Gerdau Idling Some North American Assets 

24 Mar 2020 - Some North American producers have announced production curtailments following word that automakers would temporarily halt production lines amidst the spread of the coronavirus.  

Plummeting Oil Prices Force Tenaris to Reduce U.S. Workforce 

23 Mar 2020 - Pipe and tube manufacturer Tenaris is laying off more than 900 people at its U.S. facilities as the sudden decline in oil prices have ground the energy tubular market to a halt. 

U. S. Steel Issues Q1 Earnings Guidance

20 Mar 2020 - United States Steel Corporation expects to record a first-quarter loss due in part to difficulties in the tubular market and the European sheet market, both of which are occurring against the backdrop of a global pandemic, the company said on Friday.   

Cleveland-Cliffs Pauses Work on Toledo HBI Plant

20 Mar 2020 - Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is temporarily halting construction at its hot-briquetted iron (HBI) plant in Toledo, Ohio, USA, the company said late Thursday. 

Mills, Service Centers Must Be Allowed to Remain Open, Steel Trade Groups Say 

20 Mar 2020 - Steel mills and steel service centers are essential infrastructure and should be uniformly excluded from shelter-in-place policies, leaders at the American Iron and Steel Institute and the Metals Service Center Institute have said. 

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