Feedsee Manufacturing : 160-Inch Plate Mill : Mittal Steel will restart idled plant

Mittal Steel will restart an idled plate mill in Gary, Indiana, due to strong market demand for plate products. The reopening of the 160-inch plate mill would create more than two hundred jobs in Northwest Indiana and is targeted for September 2007. In 1990, the mill underwent a major modernization program that included automatic hydraulic gauge control. The mill has the ability to produce plate up to 150 inches in width with lengths up to 1,500 inches desired by customers for better productivity. "The reopening of the Gary mill would allow Mittal to meet the increasing demands of the energy market, which is forecasted to be strong for the next several years," said Mittal Plate CEO Shelby Pixley. "Largely due to the strength of this market, plate demand has grown significantly for large-diameter line pipe, wind towers, transmission towers, and tank cars."