13 September 2012

ArcelorMittal to invest $50mn to restart coke facility in Monessen, Pennsylvania; Create 113 new jobs

Chicago – 13 September 2012 – Today, ArcelorMittal announced a $50 million capital investment for improvements required to modernize and upgrade the company’s coke operations in Monessen, Pa. The investment will allow ArcelorMittal to restart coke production at the Monessen facility, which has been idled since May 2009, and create 113 new jobs at the site

“The decision to move forward with this restart represents a significant investment in the long-term viability of ArcelorMittal Monessen’s coke operations,” said Paul Champagne, Plant Manager, ArcelorMittal Monessen. “There is no doubt that the close partnership between management and the United Steelworkers, as well as the leadership and dedication of the Monessen workforce, contributed to our plant receiving the investment allocation. We look forward to working with USW Local 3403 on a safe and successful upgrade and restart.” 

The $50 million investment includes replacing the coke screening station, quench tower and quench track; refurbishing the coke battery and by-product area; installing a new Wastewater Treatment Plant; and implementing significant structural repairs and renovations. Together, these upgrades will improve employee safety, enhance environmental performance and ensure the long-term sustainability of the facility. Upon completion of the improvements and restart, the company anticipates that the Monessen facility will employ a workforce of approximately 180 permanent positions. 

Based on information shared by ArcelorMittal, the company's decision to not only restart – but invest in – its Monessen coke operation is exciting news for the city of Monessen and the region as a whole,” said State Representative Ted Harhai, 58th Legislative District. “This region depends upon substantial investments made by companies such as ArcelorMittal, which provide for good-paying jobs and help position us for continued growth and future opportunities.” (PENDING APPROVAL) 

ArcelorMittal acquired the Monessen coke plant, located on 45 acres along the Monongahela River in Westmoreland County, Pa., in October 2008. The facility is capable of producing approximately 370,000 tons of metallurgical coke per year and is one of three coke production facilities that ArcelorMittal operates in the United States. The additional coke capacity will be used in our North American operations to partially offset potential spot coke purchases. 

ArcelorMittal Monessen intends to restart coke operations in Q2 2014. ArcelorMittal is working cooperatively with regulatory agencies to attain necessary approvals needed to break ground. 

ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with operations in more than 60 countries. In 2011, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $94 billion and crude steel production of 91.9 million tonnes, representing approximately 8 per cent of world steel output. 

Source: ArcelorMittal