Mittal Steel USA announced plans to restart the idled plate mill at its Gary, Ind., facility. The Gary plate mill has the ability to produce plate up to 150 inches in width and lengths up to 1,500 inches. Reopening the plate mill, which is targeted for September 2007, will enable Mittal to increase its heat-treat capacity for quench and temper products.

Mittal Steel has outlined a modernization for the continuous annealing line (CAL) at its Burns Harbor works in Indiana. The line processes strips up to 60 inches wide. Mittal Steel also operates a CAL at the nearby Indiana Harbor works. It expects the combination of the lines will increase its domestic capacity for advanced high-strength steels to almost 1 million tons per year.