United States Steel announced Friday that it was immediately idling blast furnace No. 4 at its Indiana Gary Works facility.

 

The outage was initially planned for April and would have lasted 48 days. However, the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as collapsing oil prices, impelled the company to act ahead of schedule.

 

 Gary Works’ blast furnace No. 4 will be idled until market conditions improve, the company said.

 

USS has also announced that, effective immediately, it is temporarily idling blast furnace A at its Granite City Works in Illinois. 

 

USS will also finish the unspecified stoppage of its iron and steelmaking facilities at Great Lakes Works.

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