Corona-virus not yet impacting US steel production: mills

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Corona-virus not yet impacting US steel production: mills

US steelmakers have not yet seen any impact on production from the global coronavirus outbreak, but are closely monitoring the situation, several domestic steelmakers told S&P Global Platts approaching the end of the week.

“We continue to monitor the situation and communicate that information regularly throughout our organization, including preventative tips,” US Steel said in a statement, adding that the company has taken measures to reduce risks to its workforce and contingency planning within the organization remains ongoing.

“We will activate these plans as circumstances warrant,” the company said.

As of Thursday, the US had 1,215 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 36 deaths, according to the latest data from the Center for Disease Control. The World Health Organization on Tuesday characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.

Currently, US Steel is not experiencing issues in the US with essential materials, it said.

“As a routine procedure, we have been in contact and tracking all raw materials since the outbreak,” the company said. “While we see no signs of delivery issues, we have contingency plans in place.”

SSAB Americas is also not expecting to see a disruption to its US production or services as a result of the coronavirus at this time, a spokeswoman for the company said.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation and will take appropriate measures as warranted. As always, our top priorities remain the safety of our workforce and our commitment to our customers,” an SSAB Americas spokeswoman said.

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