ArcelorMittal’s long product finishing facility at Harriman, Tennessee, USA, is to re-open and will be operational by April.

The news means 61 new jobs over two years at the plant 40 miles west of Knoxville.

PS Venkataramanan, CEO of ArcelorMittal Long Carbon North America described the re-opening of the plant as an‘exciting development’ for the ArcelorMittal family and the Harriman region. It serves, he said, as ‘another indication of the strength and resilience of American manufacturing and the United States steel industry,’ he said.

The plant, which closed in 2011 due to poor market conditions, received billets from ArcelorMittal LaPlace in Louisiana, re-heated and rolled them into light structural shapes and merchant bars for the construction industry.

When the plant re-opens, it will offer an enhanced long product portfolio of one-to-three-inch angles and one-to-four-inch flats.

“The support from the United Steelworkers and local and state government was instrumental in our ability to make this restart feasible, allowing us once again to produce quality steel products in Harriman,” said Venkataramanan.

ArcelorMittal’s announcement that it would be re-opening the plant was met with elation in the local community.

Bill Hagerty, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner, said: “It gives the community a tremendous sense of revival and renewed momentum.”