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New Mich. Partnership Aims To Train Next Generation Of Machinists

July 11, 2013 9:38 am | by Advanced Clean Air Technologies Global | News | Comments

Advanced Clean Air Technologies Global (ACAT Global), manufacturer of lightweight and efficient catalytic converter substrates, is joining a partnership of regional educators, manufacturers and representatives of state veterans and apprenticeship groups to train a new generation of workers for careers in advanced manufacturing technology.

Alcoa To Close Smelter, Blames Aluminum Prices

July 1, 2013 7:59 am | News | Comments

Aluminum giant Alcoa said Friday that it will close a smelting facility in Italy, its latest move to trim costs as it grapples with lower aluminum prices. Alcoa was already tamping down production at the Fusina smelter in Venice, Italy, three years ago, citing weak aluminum prices and the need to stay competitive.

Record $11M Fine For Illegal California Gold Mine

June 14, 2013 9:12 am | by Don Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators say the miners have continued to scrape valuable ore from a ridge about 45 miles east of the state capital even though two of the operators also face criminal charges in El Dorado County. Joseph Hardesty and Rick Churches have another court appearance set for Friday.

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Timken Panel To Review Steel Business Strategy

June 11, 2013 7:39 am | News | Comments

Timken Co. said Monday it has formed a strategy committee to consider separation of steel business from its bearings businesses. The committee is made up Joseph Ralston, who will serve as chair of the panel, and the other eight independent and non-Timken family members of the board of directors. Goldman Sachs will assist the committee in its evaluation.

ArcelorMittal Sells Stake In Canada Unit For $1.1B

May 31, 2013 8:04 am | News | Comments

A group led by South Korean steelmaker POSCO and China Steel Corp. had entered into a joint venture that owns ArcelorMittal iron ore mining and infrastructure assets in Quebec. The deal was originally announced in January. ArcelorMittal, which is based in Luxembourg, still owns 85 percent of the joint venture.

Italy Seizes $1.5B From Steel Family

May 22, 2013 2:05 pm | News | Comments

Prosecutors allege in the order Wednesday that the real estate, stocks and other financial assets belonging to the Riva family were obtained through the misuse of funds belonging to the Ilva steel plant. Brothers Emilio and Adriano Riva, founders of the company that owns the plant, are currently under investigation for fraud.

Chinese Rice Contaminated With Cadmium

May 21, 2013 8:22 am | News | Comments

An official notice Tuesday said mills in Hunan province's Youxian county were ordered to suspend business and recall their products after samples showed excessive cadmium levels. It said the mills had been operating legally and sourced their rice from local farmers.

Alcoa Expanding Tenn. Plant

May 2, 2013 2:08 pm | News | Comments

ALCOA says resurgent auto manufacturing is creating demand for its aluminum products and it will expand its plant in Tennessee. The Daily Times first reported the company will create 200 new jobs with a $275 million expansion of its rolling mill in Alcoa, Tenn. Some 400 construction jobs will be created in building it.

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Bremen Castings: Making Heavy Industry A Safer Place

May 1, 2013 12:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

In a heavy industry, where potential hazards are numerous, reaching one million hours of safe operation is a remarkable achievement, and it’s one that Brown attributes not only to that “big stick,” but also a dramatic shift in company culture, simply by being aware of safety down to the smallest loose cable and scratched knuckle.

Historic Mine Shutting Down After Gold Price Drop

April 25, 2013 2:02 pm | News | Comments

U.S. Silver & Gold is shutting down its historic Drumlummon mine because it costs more to produce an ounce of gold than it's worth, the company announced. During the first three months of 2013, the mine near Marysville produced just over 2,100 ounces of gold at a cost of nearly $2,300 per ounce.

Outokumpu Cuts 2,500 Jobs

April 25, 2013 8:55 am | News | Comments

Finnish metals group Outokumpu Oyj says it will slash 2,500 jobs worldwide in the next four years to cut costs by $455 million. The world's leading stainless steel maker says about a third of the job cuts will be applied this year, mostly in Germany, Sweden and Finland, in line with production capacity reductions and streamlining.

Agency Ordered Steel Test For Bay Bridge In 2008

April 17, 2013 11:54 am | News | Comments

At least some of the failed rods are located beneath that cap and cannot easily be replaced, state transportation officials have said. Finding a fix for them could take weeks or even months, which could delay the planned Labor Day opening of the new span.

Arkansas Legislature Approves Steel Mill Funding

April 16, 2013 9:30 pm | by Michael Stratford, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arkansas is set to provide a new steel company with $125 million in financing and a package of tax breaks to build a mill in the northeast part of the state after the Legislature gave final approval to the plan on Tuesday. By an 81-9 vote, House lawmakers passed a Senate-approved budget bill to fund Gov. Mike Beebe's proposal.

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Hypertherm Introduces New Centricut Consumables For Plasma Systems

April 9, 2013 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hypertherm has announced the release of new consumables for PerCut 210M and 450M torches, which are found on all new and upgraded Kjellberg HiFocus systems. According to the company, these Centricut consumables will match or surpass the equivalent Kjellberg version.

Brazil: Steel Company Must Move 750 People

April 8, 2013 8:22 am | News | Comments

The state environment minister has called on a Brazilian steel company to immediately move around 750 people living near its plant in a Rio de Janeiro suburb. Soil there was found to contain up to 90 times the legal limit of toxic and potentially carcinogenic substances including lead and cadmium.

Turkish Company Plans Steel Pipe Plant In Texas

April 3, 2013 1:58 pm | News | Comments

A Turkish company has announced plans to build a $148 million steel pipe-making plant near Houston. Gov. Rick Perry says about 250 jobs are expected to be created at the facility planned for Baytown. Perry on Tuesday announced Borusan Mannesmann will receive $1.6 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund in support of the project.

Hydrogen Found In Damaged Bay Bridge Steel Rods

March 29, 2013 9:57 am | News | Comments

The California Department of Transportation said officials originally discovered that 32 of the 96 rods that have been tightened on the $6.4 billion span snapped two weeks ago. The rods, which are essentially giant bolts, are being used to connect steel earthquake safety devices called shear keys to the bridge's deck and a large concrete cap.

Slovakia Signs Deal To Have U.S. Steel Stay

March 26, 2013 10:14 am | News | Comments

The Slovak government and U.S. Steel signed a deal Tuesday that will ensure the American company remains the owner of a steel mill employing thousands for at least five more years. The negotiations between U.S. Steel and the Slovak government have been going on for months. U.S. Steel has reportedly had purchase offers for the mill in the eastern city of Kosice.

Toenail Clippings To Measure Toxic Exposure In NJ

March 24, 2013 9:11 pm | by Katie Zezima, Associated Press | News | Comments

A plume of hexavalent chromium, a metal used in industrial production that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls a "well-established carcinogen," has spread under Garfield, putting about one-tenth of the city's homes — about 600 structures and 3,600 residents — at risk.

Report: Uncertainty Surrounds $1.1B Steel Mill Plan

March 21, 2013 9:20 pm | by Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press | News | Comments

State economic development officials overestimated the long-term benefits of a proposal to help finance a $1.1 billion steel mill proposed in northeast Arkansas, because they didn't consider uncertainties surrounding the project, according to report released Thursday by a consultant that lawmakers hired.

Mining, Energy Sectors Face Workforce Shortage

March 21, 2013 11:22 am | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

The report released Thursday by the National Research Council urges new partnerships to tackle the problem of retiring Baby Boomers who cannot readily be replaced. That includes a retooling of higher education to produce more young people competent in science, technology, engineering and math.

Big River Steel CEO Hopes For Fall Groundbreaking

March 20, 2013 2:11 pm | News | Comments

The developer behind a planned $1.1 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas says he hopes to break ground on the project this fall if everything goes as planned. The Legislature still needs to approve $125 million in state financing for the proposed Big River Steel mill to be built near Osceola.

New Pollution Controls At Del. Steel Mill

March 11, 2013 7:43 pm | News | Comments

Delaware environmental officials say new pollution control equipment installed at a Claymont steel mill will help reduce air pollution in the area. Officials gathered at Evraz Claymont Steel on Monday to tout the completion of the $16.75 million pollution control system.

Chairman Of Struggling ThyssenKrupp Steps Down

March 8, 2013 9:35 am | News | Comments

Steel and elevator company ThyssenKrupp AG says its board chairman is stepping down. Seventy-year-old Gerhard Cromme will leave his post at the end of the month. He said Friday he was quitting to "support a renewal" of the company's top management.

Hospital: At Least 10 Hurt In Ill. Foundry Blast

March 7, 2013 1:37 pm | by Jim Salter and Jim Suhr, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 10 people were injured, three critically, in an explosion Thursday at a steel castings plant in southwestern Illinois, officials said. The blast happened shortly after 8 a.m. in the cleaning-and-finishing department at the American Steel Foundries plant in Granite City, just northeast of St. Louis.

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