Iowa county suspends its use of slag for gravel roads
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa county has stopped using slag as the gravel on its roads, at least temporarily, because a state toxicologist reported that the steel manufacturing byproduct could be harmful, especially to children.
Steel company to create 180 jobs in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A new steel manufacturing company says it will start operations later this year, creating 180 jobs in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Commerce Department said in a news release Thursday that Schuff Steel Company will spend $9 million to renovate an existing fabrication plant in Rock Hill.
The commerce department said Schuff Steel is one of the largest and most experienced structural steel fabricators and erectors in North America.
Nucor's Bourbonnais steel manufacturing site is a finalist, along with one of the company's production sites in Ohio, for a $180 million expansion in its Merchant Bar Quality production operation.
The expansion would require another 75 jobs to be added at the selected site.
PETTUS, W.Va. (AP) — Alpha Natural Resources says it is plans to open a new underground coal mine in West Virginia this summer and create more than 50 jobs.
The Kingsport, Tennessee, coal producer says the Panther Eagle Mine at subsidiary Marfork Coal is expected to begin extracting metallurgical coal as early as July.
A bill sponsored by state Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, that would require that only steel made in America be used in state construction projects is moving forward after easily passing the Texas Senate.
Greitens picks consulting firm partner as Missouri’s COO
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A partner at a global management consulting firm was announced Wednesday as the person to fill the state's new chief operating officer position that Republican Gov. Eric Greitens created through an executive order.
Greitens chose Drew Erdmann from major consulting firm McKinsey and Company, which has done work for the Pentagon.
Worker killed in industrial accident north of Fort Collins
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a man died after he was impaled by a beam at a steel manufacturing plant north of Fort Collins.
The Coloradoan reports (http://goo.gl/xH2wYp ) 48-year-old William Williams was hit in the back by a 16-inch beam at Front Range Steel in Wellington on Tuesday. He died at a hospital.
AP Exclusive: Defying downturn in coal, 2 new mines planned
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Mines are closing and the coal industry is facing a run of bankruptcies and other bad news, but a company backed by a $90 million investment is defying conventional wisdom by preparing to open two new mines in Appalachia, the hardest-hit coal region.
The mines in West Virginia and Virginia will create some 400 jobs in counties where unemployment ranges close to three times the national average, Ramaco Development CEO Randall Atkins told The Associated Press.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An idled steel castings foundry in Keokuk may come to life again and create 200 jobs with approval of state incentives.
The Iowa Economic Development Board on Friday approved $1 million in loans and additional tax breaks to reopen the former Keokuk Steel Manufacturing Co.
The plant was closed in March when its owner India-based Sanmar Group moved production to Mexico.
A new company called Keokuk Mills plans to reopen it to make steel...