Thursday, June 27, 2013

Statement from ArcelorMittal's Executive Team to Employees RE: No. 1 Coke Plant Shut Down

June 27, 2013 Colleagues, After more than two years of studying our coke needs as well as the performance and life expectancy of our current cokemaking assets, we are writing to inform you that we will be phasing out our No. 1 Coke Plant. We anticipate this transition to be complete by March 2015. We have held meetings with all of the employees in this area and we will be working with our permanent employees for re-assignment to another position within the company. In addition, we will also work with our casual employees to match skills and performance to additional openings that may become available. Our cokemaking teams do an outstanding job in operating and maintaining our coke assets and are often consulted for their experience and expertise by cokemakers around the world. As a result of the efforts and skill of our cokemaking operations, maintenance and technology teams, No. 1 Coke Plant has been in operation for 62 years. In addition, our No. 2 and No. 3 facilities recently scored at the top of the group after an onsite audit and our team has been cited for benchmark operational practices around the ArcelorMittal Group and in the industry. To ensure a stable and secure supply of coke for our primary operations, ArcelorMittal Dofasco will now be responsible for managing an ArcelorMittal cokemaking facility in Monessen, Pennsylvania. This facility was rebuilt in 1980 and is capable of producing 360,000 tons of coke per year. Over the coming months our purchasing teams will look for ways to optimize transportation and logistics for our coke supply. Between now and March 2015, we will continue to make coke at all of our facilities, and our repair and maintenance teams will continue to service the No. 1 plant batteries and ovens. Our maintenance investment in the plant will continue until it is phased out, which is approximately $10 million each year to ensure it maintains performance. Should you have any questions, please contact your business unit manager or area General Manager. Best Regards, Executive Team

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