ArcelorMittal Cleveland is preparing for an early 2012 restart of its west side steel making operations in response to customer demand and anticipated market conditions. The west side was idled in October 2008 in response to market conditions.
They will hire about 150 hourly and salaried employees, mainly skilled crafts persons and entry-level operators. The company is committed to providing the training and support necessary to ensure that new hires are prepared to work safely, intelligently and effectively.
Currently, they have approximately 1,700 hourly and salaried employees working at ArcelorMittal Cleveland. They are currently performing maintenance projects and preparing equipment for the restart.
ArcelorMittal Cleveland is working closely with the United Steelworkers to ensure a safe and efficient restart of the west side. ArcelorMittal Cleveland's west side operations consist of a basic oxygen furnace, Ladle Metallurgy Furnace (LMF) and caster.
The Cleveland west side restart has the potential to add 480,000 tons of annual steel supply to the production capability, dependent on market conditions.
Despite the restart of Cleveland's west side, ArcelorMittal USA continues to operate below pre-crisis levels. The potential for additional capacity utilization remains available within the company's USA operations, as required by market demand.