Cliffs to restart construction at HBI facility, Tilden Mine operations

Cleveland-Cliffs is restarting construction at their HBI facility in Toledo, and mining at Tilden sooner than they had anticipated. Cleveland-Cliffs is restarting construction at their HBI facility in Toledo, and mining at Tilden sooner than they had anticipated. |  Photo: WDIO FILE

Updated: June 09, 2020 07:40 AM

Cleveland-Cliffs has announced they will resume construction at their HBI facility in Toledo, Ohio. They are also accelerating the restart of their mining operations at Tilden.

Work at the HBI facility was suspended on March 20th because of COVID-19. Now, the company has begun remobilizing the workforce. There will be mandatory social distancing and other safety measures in place, which limits the number of workers.  Still, construction is expected to be complete in the 4th quarter.

The Tilden Mine in Michigan supplies the company's AK Steel facilities in Middletown, Ohio and Dearborn, Michigan. The company now plans on restarting Tilden later this month, to respond to faster improvement in steel demand.

"The demand for our steel, iron ore, and metallics products has recovered dramatically over the past month, and in light of this, we are restarting Toledo and Tilden sooner than we originally expected," shared CEO Lourenco Goncalves in a statement.

Northshore Mining remains idled. A portion of their pellets, the DR grade ones, will feed the HBI facility.

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