July 3, 2015

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Republic lays off 200 at Lorain mill

By Jon Wysochanski and Evan Goodenow LORAIN — About 200 Republic Steel workers are being laid off. Paula Dudukovich, Republic human resources director, said in an email Wednesday that the layoffs were due to “declining conditions” in gas and oil markets and reduced demand from customers. Dudukovich, who didn’t return calls, said the layoffs involve Read More…

Republic Steel tests new $85 million arc furnace

The Republic electric arc furnace in Lorain, shown here under construction in August, was fired up Monday for a test run. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

  LORAIN — The heat is on figuratively and literally for Republic Steel’s new electric arc furnace. A test run of the furnace occurred Monday, Mark Huemme, Republic director of marketing, said Tuesday. The furnace is part of an approximately $85 million, 450-job expansion. When the project was announced in 2011, Republic officials said they Read More…

Benefit for Sheffield Lake man who fell from roof set for Saturday

A benefit dinner will be held Saturday for John Evanish. Evanish, a 41-year-old Republic Steel worker and Sheffield Lake resident, fell 47 feet from a roof at Republic’s Lorain plant on Sept. 12. Evanish broke four bones in his back, seven ribs and suffered four compound fractures in his left arm. Evanish, a husband and father Read More…