August 6, 2014
By Bob Matyi

Felman confirms second SiMn WV furnace started

Felman Production confirmed it is operating two furnaces on a three-shift basis at its 105,000 mt/year silicomanganese plant in New Haven, West Virginia.

The company's statement on August 6 confirmed recent information from Roy Martin, vice president of Local 5171 of the United Steelworkers union, that the plant had resumed making silicomanganese following a nearly year-long shutdown.

"Felman Production has restarted two furnaces and operates them on a three-shift basis," a company spokesman said in an email.

Felman has no plans to restart the third furnace at New Haven, the spokesman said. No current production figures were disclosed.

Felman's restart was aided by a new electricity arrangement with Appalachian Power, its longtime supplier and an American Electric Power subsidiary.

In late March, the West Virginia Public Service Commission approved a discount of up to $9 million annually on Felman's power costs.

Felman said the reduction should allow New Haven to be more competitive with silicomanganese producers around the world.