Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with ArcelorMittal executives announced Thursday the company’s plans to reopen its Harriman facility which closed in 2011 due to poor market conditions. With a goal of being fully operational by April 2014, ArcelorMittal will hire 61 new employees over the next two years in Roane County.
“In addition to having one of the best balance sheets in the nation, Tennessee also ranks No. 1 in the Southeast in GDP growth, and these factors offer a level of reassurance to global companies in an often uncertain economy,” Commissioner Hagerty said. “We work hard to help companies locate and expand in our state, but when a company like ArcelorMittal is able to restart its operations, it gives the community a tremendous sense of revival and renewed momentum. I appreciate ArcelorMittal’s commitment to Roane County and its continued investment in our state.”
“This is an exciting development for the ArcelorMittal family and the Harriman region, serving as another indication of the strength and resiliency of American manufacturing and the United States steel industry,” PS Venkataramanan, chief executive officer, ArcelorMittal Long Carbon North America, said. “We look forward to working with the United Steelworkers to safely restart the facility, providing an enhanced product offering to our customers. We are especially thankful for the support from the local and state governments, allowing us to once again produce quality steel products in Harriman.”
ArcelorMittal will ship billets from its sister facility in LaPlace, La. by rail to the Harriman facility where they will be reheated and rolled into light structural shapes and merchant bars for the construction market. The reopening will enhance ArcelorMittal’s long product portfolio by producing one- to three-inch angles and one- to four-inch flats.
“TVA congratulates ArcelorMittal on restarting their operations at the Harriman facility to add jobs in the Roane County area,” John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development, said. “TVA and Harriman Utility Board are pleased to be economic development partners with the state of Tennessee, the Roane Alliance, and other community leaders to assist area companies.”
“It’s a good sign that their industry is bouncing back, and Roane County is fortunate to be in a position to benefit,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “We stand ready to help ArcelorMittal in their restart.”
“ArcelorMittal’s announcement is just the type of news we need here in Roane County,” Roane County Industrial Development Board Chairman David Webb said. “There has been good team work from a number of people that we would like to thank for their efforts in this project including the Roane Alliance staff, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, TVA and HUB, Norfolk Southern and the Tennessee Career Center.”
Job applications will be accepted on behalf of ArcelorMittal Jan. 2–9 at the Tennessee Career Center at Rockwood, at 1082 N. Gateway Ave., and also on the Tennessee Department of Labor website, www.jobs4TN.gov.
An open house will be held at the Tennessee Career Center at Rockwood on Jan. 9 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. to allow interested parties to learn more about the company and its operations.