Mittal Steel USA restarting Indiana plant blast furnace

September 30, 2005

Mittal Steel has decided to restart a blast furnace in East Chicago, Ind., at about the time another is going down in Cleveland.

The moves are part of the company's ongoing effort to balance its supply of steel with the demand for its products in the marketplace and the needs for maintenance of various ironmaking and steelmaking equipment.

John Mang, executive vice president, operations west, said IH3 blast furnace at Mittal Steel USA - Indiana Harbor will be restarted in mid-October. It has been idle since early May.

At Mittal Steel USA - Cleveland, one blast furnace was down for three months because of a combination of accelerated maintenance and market conditions. It returned to service in August, when the company announced that Cleveland's other ironmaker will be cooled for maintenance in October.