It isn’t just Santa that gets help at this time of year. Recently, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor entertained some “small” helpers as part of the facility’s health and safety focus. Children of the facility’s employees were invited to remind their relatives how important it is to work safely.
“We need to work safely so we can go home to our families,” said Scott Jacoby, Manager, Health and Safety, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor. “Who better to remind us than our own kids and grandkids?”
Several young helpers from ArcelorMittal families donned hardhats, toured the facility and discussed what working safely means to them. The children eagerly looked to encourage their relatives to stay focused on the job.
Steelmaker gets $32 million to produce energy from waste gas
By Bowdeya Tweh - firstname.lastname@example.org, (219) 933-3316 | Posted: Friday, November 6, 2009 12:00 am
ArcelorMittal is receiving nearly $32 million from a U.S. Department of Energy grant to fund an industrial energy efficiency project at Indiana Harbor East in East Chicago.
The project will install a new recovery boiler to use blast furnace gas generated from iron-making operations to produce electricity and steam on site. The company says the efficient boiler will capture emissions through flaring from the No. 7 blast furnace. The project is expected to help lower energy costs and per ton production costs by using about 46 billion cubic feet of gas that is flared annually.
Michael Rippey, ArcelorMittal USA's president and chief executive officer, said in a statement the project is vital at Indiana Harbor and the energy saved each year can generate enough electricity to power 30,000 homes for a year. Rippey also said the "funding for this critical project will ensure the sustainability of steelmaking in Northwest Indiana for years to come."
The No. 7 blast furnace can produce up to 11,500 tons of hot metal daily, which is the largest production capacity in North America. The blast furnace was built in 1980 and had major renovations in 2003.
The system's startup is expected no later than March 2012.
ArcelorMittal's $31.6 million grant was the only project funded in Indiana and it was the largest award among the more than $155 million in projects the Energy Department funded. The department granted money to 41 projects around the country using stimulus funds. The grants will be leveraged with $634 million in private industry cost sharing.
The industrial sector uses more than 30 percent of U.S. energy and is responsible for nearly 30 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday.
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind. commended ArcelorMittal and the Energy Department of recognizing the company's efforts in striving to be more energy efficient.
"This Recovery Act grant marks a commitment to Northwest Indiana's steelworkers," Visclosky said. "The project will create jobs now, greatly increase energy efficiency in the steelmaking process and help ensure the competitiveness and viability of Northwest Indiana's steelworkers for years to come.
"I am proud to see the Recovery Act advance this job-creating effort with long-term energy and economic benefits for the region, and commend ArcelorMittal and the Department of Energy for their commitment to Northwest Indiana."
ArcelorMittal employees provide strength and support to Northwest Indiana on International Volunteer Day
As part of International Volunteer Day 2009 (recognized on Dec. 5), ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor held a coat drive in partnership with the local Boys & Girls Club of Porter County. In early December, several ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor employees delivered coats, hats and gloves for children. Employees delivered the donated items and then joined the children for lunch.
“Every child deserves a coat, gloves or hat to help them stay warm and healthy this time of year,” said Madhu Ranade, General Manager, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. “Together with USW Local 6787, ArcelorMittal is proud to be a long-standing partner of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County and happy to provide this important organization with resources and volunteers, especially during the holiday season.”
The company recognizes International Volunteer Day each year in honor of the United Nations (UN) International Volunteer Day and hosts projects across the 60 countries where it operates.
- On January 12, a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti.
- The extent of the devastation, which centered mostly within Port-au-Prince, is still unclear. It’s estimated that thousands of people may have died in what is being reported as Haiti's worst earthquake in two centuries.
- To support emergency relief efforts to Haiti, the ArcelorMittal Global Foundation is donating $100,000 in US dollars through our emergency aid fund. Monies will be provided to the “Doctors without Borders (MSF) organization which is already working on relief efforts in Haiti.
- Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are reporting significant damage to their Haiti medical facilities, injuries to patients and staff, and the need to treat hundreds of incoming wounded patients.
- ArcelorMittal’s collaborative effort with “Doctors Without Borders” will extend for a two-month timeframe, further ensuring support for both emergency relief and recovery efforts.