Platts
June2, 2014
By Bob Matyi

Felman SiMn restart now pegged for mid-June: USW

Felman Production continues to recall workers at its idled 105,000 mt/year silicomanganese plant in New Haven, West Virginia, in preparation for a possible restart later this month, a United Steelworkers union official said on June 2. 

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Ryan’s Notes
May 30, 2014

Mn alloys hold week-on-week

Prices for manganese alloys held flat this week after some adjustment in late May, particularly in Europe for high-carbon ferromanganese when prices moved to €730-760 per mt, DDP. There was limited activity across both regions, however, as mills were well stocked and approaching contract negotiations for the second half of the year, just one week away for some mills.

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American Metal Market
AMM
May 29, 2014
By Daniel Fitzgerald

Felman can't reach deal on power rate

NEW YORK - Felman Production LLC and Appalachian Power Co. Inc. (APCo) have not reached a deal on a new electricity rate due to a disagreement over how the silicomanganese producer's discount should be calculated.

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American Metal Market
AMM
May 26, 2014
By Daniel Fitzgerald

Sen. urges action in Russian ferrosilicon duty trade case

NEW YORK - Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) has accused Russian ferrosilicon exporters of undermining the U.S. Commerce Department's anti-dumping investigation by "withholding key information necessary to determine the duties that would be imposed on Russian imports."

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Ryan’s Notes
May 16, 2014

 Felman talks dominate US market

The potential restart of Felman Production's silicomanganese smelter remained the topic of discussion across the US bulk ferroalloys market over the past week. Late last week, the Public service Commission of West Virginia confirmed its ruling on the special utility agreement for Felman Production after multiple objections. The agreement would tie Felman's electrical rate to the free market price for silicomanganese produced at the New Haven, West Virginia smelter. The producer was still awaiting the signing of a contract with Appalachian Power Company in order to restart its furnaces. As of last week, no firm start-up date was available from Felman pending its final agreement.

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