August 29, 2015

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Republic steelworkers remain in shock after layoff announcement

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LORAIN — In November 2011, Republic Steel officials invited Gov. John Kasich and local and federal leaders to the company’s mill at 1827 E. 28th St., to announce a major expansion. Republic was building an electric arc furnace, part of what the company later said was a $120 million investment in the mill that involved Read More…

Republic to idle arc furnace, 125 workers

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LORAIN — Republic Steel announced Friday that it will idle the electric arc furnace at its Lorain mill and lay off about 125 employees. The company blamed the shutdown on reduced customer demand for its products because of an ongoing decline in oil and gas markets, which is the same reason it gave when 200 Read More…

Republic Steel idles furnace, lays off workers

LORAIN – Republic Steel will idle its electric arc furnace, the company told city officials and union members Friday. Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the company told him up to 150 workers will lose their jobs as part of the shutdown. “From what I’ve gathered, it’s going to be temporary until the market improves,” Ritenauer Read More…

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…