Dearborn, Michigan<br />
USA<br />
February 17, 2011<br />
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The former Ford Rouge Steel Plant completed in 1928 is now owned, run and being renovated and expanded by Russian owner "Severstal North America". This is one of five steel plants owned by Severstal in the United States and they are spending huge sums to convert it into what could be the continent's most efficient automotive steel plant.<br />
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The hot strip mill operating at full speed and has an annual throughput of 3.8 million tons (3.5 million metric tons). <br />
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Rouge Steel fell on hard times after Ford Motor Company spun it off in 1989 into an independent steel company. <br />
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After buying the assets of the bankrupt company for USD 280 million, Severstal spent USD 350 million to repair one of the blast furnaces. The company built a new cold-rolling line which converts steel slabs into sheet metal. And it added a galvanizing line which coats sheet metal with zinc for rust-resistant body panels.<br />
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The operation assets and improvements amount to USD 1.4 billion. Add in spending on a new mini mill in Columbus, Mississippi a USD 1.6 billion operation and Severstal has placed a USD 3 billion bet on North America auto industry.

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Anthony Suau @ 2011
Dearborn, Michigan
USA
February 17, 2011

The former Ford Rouge Steel Plant completed in 1928 is now owned, run and being renovated and expanded by Russian owner "Severstal North America". This is one of five steel plants owned by Severstal in the United States and they are spending huge sums to convert it into what could be the continent's most efficient automotive steel plant.

The hot strip mill operating at full speed and has an annual throughput of 3.8 million tons (3.5 million metric tons).

Rouge Steel fell on hard times after Ford Motor Company spun it off in 1989 into an independent steel company.

After buying the assets of the bankrupt company for USD 280 million, Severstal spent USD 350 million to repair one of the blast furnaces. The company built a new cold-rolling line which converts steel slabs into sheet metal. And it added a galvanizing line which coats sheet metal with zinc for rust-resistant body panels.

The operation assets and improvements amount to USD 1.4 billion. Add in spending on a new mini mill in Columbus, Mississippi a USD 1.6 billion operation and Severstal has placed a USD 3 billion bet on North America auto industry.

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