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Minntac's Line 3 Shutting Down, No Layoffs Expected

Minntac's Line 3 is being shutdown for a couple of months, but no layoffs are expected. Minntac's Line 3 is being shutdown for a couple of months, but no layoffs are expected. |  Photo: WDIO

Updated: October 17, 2019 08:50 PM

A production line at Minntac is being shut down this week, and could be down the rest of the quarter.

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Local 1938 President Steve Bonach said it could be started up again when other lines are taken down for maintenance, if demand calls for it.

Minntac, which is in Mountain Iron, is owned by U.S. Steel. The company sent a statement on Thursday evening. It said, "In order to reflect changing market conditions and the need to adjust our raw materials accordingly, we plan to take advantage of this situation by performing additional maintenance on our 5 Minntac Agglomerators for enhanced reliability in preparation for improved market conditions. We do not anticipate any employment impacts as a result of this action."

Bonach said he was told no layoffs are expected.

U.S. Steel announced in June they were idling two blast furnaces in the Midwest and one in Europe, in response to market conditions.

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