Warren steel plant reopens

CHAMPION, Ohio (WKBN) – A Trumbull County steel mill is now up and running.

Warren Steel Holdings had shut down in March in part because of high energy costs. The Champion company took its case to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, arguing that it could not operate with its electricity rate.

And last month, the state agreed to lower the rates with the help of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Congressman Tim Ryan, D-Niles.

“I am pleased that Warren Steel Holdings got the utility rate reduction needed to restart their mill,” Ryan said. “This decision will help Warren Steel Holdings remain competitive as they seek new opportunities for growth and increased employment.”

“This is an excellent day for Mahoning Valley workers and the local economy,” Brown said. “The reopening of Warren Steel Holdings will save hundreds of jobs and $53 million in employee compensation. Facility upgrades can now be made, and new jobs created. PUCO made the right decision, and as a result, the Mahoning Valley is strengthened.”
The mill employs about 200 people. But, the company has said the new rate will allow it to upgrade its facilities and create new jobs.

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