US Steel has dedicated the installation of a new pig iron foundry at its plant in Gary Works, Indiana.

The squeegee will be powered by iron ore sourced from the company’s Minnesota mining operations, Minntac and Keetac. The pig iron produced is expected to supply up to 50% of Big River Steel Works’ ore-based metal requirements, according to a statement from US Steel.

The smelter is at the heart of the company’s metallurgical strategy and will produce up to 500,000 tonnes of cast iron per year to supply a growing fleet of electric arc furnaces.

“Mining, smelting and manufacturing in America has always been important to us, and recent world events have demonstrated how critical self-reliance is,” said US Steel President and CEO David B. Burritt, in an official statement. “This investment at Gary Works, to create the material for our low-emission electric arc furnaces, is the perfect example of combining the best of embedded technologies and mini-factories. It is also helping to propel our transition to our ambitious Best for All® strategy. We are committed to a future focused on cost-effective steel solutions for people and the planet.

“Gary Works is US Steel’s largest manufacturing facility and its role in society and in this community is important,” said Daniel Killeen, Vice President of Gary Works. “We are delighted to know that the more than 4,000 employees of Gary Works are not only contributing here, but that we can now use the efficiency of our blast furnace to contribute to the most environmentally friendly new operations in the company at Big River Steel Works. .”

Pre-construction of the smelter began in the first quarter of 2022 and start-up is expected in early 2023. The $60 million investment will bring approximately 25 new jobs to the facility.

Gus Atsas, President of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1014, said, “The pigging iron process will help secure our plant in an ever-changing global marketplace. The future of Gary Works and the United Steelworkers goes hand in hand. Our families and communities depend on our success, and we are proud of the work we do every day. »

“US Steel and its incredible workforce, including members of the United Steelworkers, are the foundation of Northwest Indiana’s economy. I am grateful to them for investing in the steelmaking capabilities of our region and the ability of future workers to continue making the greenest, most efficient steel in the world,” said Congressman Frank Mrvan.