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EVRAZ Shutting Down Operations in Del.

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CLAYMONT, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Steel company EVRAZ is shutting down its operations at a steel mill in Claymont.
 
The company says that over the next two months about 375 employees will complete processing and shipping of existing products and prepare the mill to be shut down. The company says it will consider restarting operations as soon as market conditions improve.
 
A small crew will remain to maintain the site.
 
"It's sad, it's very, very sad. A lot of people had a lot of years there and everybody's life is changed," said Joe O'Brien, who has worked at the plant for more than 15 years.
 
The company's Claymont operation makes steel plate and custom plate products for industrial customers. The work being done at Claymont will shift to EVRAZ facilities in Portland, Ore., and Canada.
 
"Unfortunately, market conditions continue to be challenging and low market visibility makes it difficult to foresee when positive changes will occur," said John Zanieski, executive vice president of flat products and recycling at EVRAZ, in a statement.
 
The company said it is evaluating its options for resuming operations at the mill with the help of Gov. Jack Markell's office, which also issued the following statement: "Governor Markell is disappointed that Evraz is idling the Claymont facility. The global steel industry remains very challenging and DEDO was told that the facility is losing money as it seeks to compete with unfairly traded imports. The governor knows that this facility has an outstanding workforce that is second to none. The Delaware Department of Labor's rapid response team will coordinate with plant management to provide a variety of services to the employees affected by the idling of the plant.  The Governor and DEDO will continue to work with Evraz to seek every opportunity to get the plant fully operational again.  In the meantime, our thoughts are with the employees and their families at this difficult time."

The plant along Philadelphia Pike and the Delaware River is 93-years-old.

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