Cleveland-Cliffs Dearborn steel plant

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Cleveland-Cliffs Dearborn Works, also known as, Dearborn Works or AK Steel Dearborn, is a 3,000 TTPA integrated steel plant in Dearborn, Michigan, United States.[1] Dearborn Works operates a blast furnace (BF) and a basic-oxygen furnace (BOF).


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The Cleveland Cliffs Dearborn Works steel plant began operating in 1920. It currently produces steel products primarily for the automative and building/construction industry. Originally owned by the Ford Motor Co.'s Rouge manufacturing complex, it was bought by Russian steel company Severstal, who invested $1.2 billion into the plant in retrofitting efforts in 2007 and 2001. The plant was acquired by AK Steel in 2014 for $707 million.[2] In 2020, Cleveland Cliffs bought the plant.[3]

In 2015, the Michigan Justice Department ordered the former owners of the Dearborn complex to pay a $1.35 million fine for violating the Clean Air Act.[4]

In March 2020, the Sierra Club and Environment Michigan announced their intent to sue Cleveland Cliffs under the Clean Air Act for exceeding its air pollution emission limits thousands of times over the past five years.[4] In May 2020, Dearborn Works stopped their hot strip mill, annealing and tempering operations at the site, partially because of a Covid-induced reduction in demand, putting 211 people out of work.[2]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Dearborn Works, Cleveland-Cliffs, Retrieved on: August 15, 2022
  2. 2.0 2.1 Noble, Breana (2020-05-05). "Former Rouge Steel mill closing some operations, throwing more than 200 out of work". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
  3. Rivers, Tim (2021-07-19). "Workers at Ford's Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan denounce "horrible" conditions in the aftermath of the death of co-worker Khaled Nasser". World Socialist Web Site. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ferretti, Christine (2021-03-03). "Environmental groups file notice to sue over air pollution concerns at Dearborn factory". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
  5. Groves, John (2020-09-28). "The Big Exit". Steel Nerd. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  6. CLIFFS (2021). "Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call". Cleveland-Cliff. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Cleveland-Cliffs (2020). "2020 Annual Report" (PDF). Cleveland-Cliffs. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Association for Iron & Steel Technology (2022-04-01). "2022 AIST Basic Oxygen Furnace Roundup". AIST. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  9. "Dearborn Steel Plant Asset Report". Wood Mackenzie. 2020-12-15. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Association for Iron & Steel Technology (2022-03-01). "2022 AIST North American Blast Furnace Roundup". AIST. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  11. Cleveland Cliffs. "ISO 14001" (PDF). Cleveland Cliffs. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  12. "Cleveland-Cliffs/AK Steel/Severstal/Ford River Rouge Steel Plant". Industrial History. 2017-02-25. Retrieved 2022-08-15.

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