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USS Gary Works gets ore delivery on Sunday as lake ice hinders shipping

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Four days after U.S. Steel Corporation (USS) warned customers of its Gary Works facility that a shortage of iron ore--caused by ice conditions on the Great Lakes--could result in a delay in servicing orders, Gary Works on Sunday received the first of several ore deliveries scheduled for this week, USS said.

Gary Works, however, will continue to operate at a reduced capacity “as we work to replenish iron ore inventory levels over the coming weeks,” USS spokesperson Courtney Boone told the Chesterton Tribune today.

“In the meantime, we are in contact with our customers in an effort to minimize the impact on their operations,” Boone added.

On Wednesday, April 2, USS informed customers by letter that blast furnaces and steelmaking operations at Gary Works had been “temporarily curtailed,” due to “unforeseen and unprecedented ice conditions on the Great Lakes that is delaying the transportation of critical raw materials.”

“These severe ice conditions have not occurred on the Great Lakes for more than three decades,” USS added.

Passage of ore carriers had been “prevented” by the ice conditions, although USS noted that “recent warming temperatures” were in the process of clearing northern routes.

The company was also working closely last week with both the U.S. and Canadian governments “to expedite and obtain priority passage” of its ore vessels, USS said.



Posted 4/7/2014