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February 20, 2015
By Bob Matyi

Felman shuts one SiMn furnace at New Haven for maintenance

Felman Production said February 20 it had temporarily idled one of two operating electric-arc furnaces at its 105,000 mt/year New Haven, West Virginia, plant for maintenance and upgrades, a move expected to reduce its output of silicomanganese for approximately 10 weeks.

The company said in a statement the shutdown "will allow Felman to improve production efficiency and environmental compliance," although neither Felman nor a spokesman elaborated.

During the 10-week period, Felman plans to continue to produce ferroalloys and satisfy customer requirements using its remaining operational furnace, it said.

Felman, owned by Miami-based Georgian American Alloys, restarted the plant last summer after it was shuttered from June 2013 to July 2014. The plant has three furnaces, but only two have been placed back in commercial operation.

The shutdown comes on the heels of an antidumping petition filed this week by Felman with the US International Trade Commission against silicomanganese imports from Australia. Felman did not indicate if the two actions were related.

New Haven is one of two silicomanganese producers in the US. The other is a facility in Marietta, Ohio, operated by Eramet Marietta, a subsidiary of French-owned Eramet.

Felman said its products are sold to steelmakers across North America and South America through a sister company, Felman Trading, an international ferroalloys trading company.