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ArcelorMittal closing part of Conshohocken plant; 150 jobs

Layoffs will have 'minimal impact' on customers

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. - ArcelorMittal is closing part of a steel plant in Montgomery County, laying off about 150 workers as a result.

The Luxembourg-based company isn't closing the entire Conshohocken works, according to spokeswoman Mary Beth Holdford.

Rather, she said the steelmaker is closing the facility's rolling mill. Workers at the Conshohocken plant will continue to heat treat, finish, and inspect steel rolled at other mills in Coatesville, Chester County, and in Burns Harbor, Indiana.

United Steelworkers president Leo Gerard called the news "another direct blow to our national security." He said the steel rolled in Conshohocken had been used to make various Army vehicles and Navy craft.

"While the Coatesville and Burns Harbor facilities will continue to supply steel plate, and may be able to meet current military contracts, the idling of the Conshohocken facility has significant short- and long-term implications," Gerard said in a letter this week to the United States secretaries of commerce and defense.

Holdford said the layoffs will have "minimal impact" on the company's customers.

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