Coatesville’s ArcelorMittal Set to Benefit from Navy Expansion

The Navy expansion proposed in President Trump’s budget guidelines could benefit ArcelorMittal’s steel plants in Coatesville and Conshohocken. Image via the Daily Mirror.

President Trump’s ambitious plan to expand the U.S. Navy from 275 to 350 ships could be very good news for ArcelorMittal’s steel-plate plants in Coatesville and Conshohocken, writes Joseph DiStefano for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Coatesville plant’s furnaces can produce carbon-steel and alloy-steel plates and steel-clad rolls and can customize flame-cut shapes. Its plate steel is specially designed for use in nuclear-reactor containment vessels. The plant’s steel slabs are also an integral part of landmark buildings such as New York City’s Freedom Tower and Philadelphia’s Cira Centre and Comcast towers.

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According to the article, “the former Lukens Steel plants in Coatesville and Conshohocken were acquired by ArcelorMittal, along with then-owner Bethlehem Steel, in the late 2000s in a merger, restructuring, and cost-cutting deal backed by billionaire investor Wilbur Ross. He left the ArcelorMittal board earlier this year to serve as President Trump’s Secretary of Commerce, putting him in a position to advocate for his longtime industry.”

Currently, the Coatesville plant employs 770 people, while Conshohocken has around 290. These numbers tend to fluctuate depending on the number and size of orders.

According to, Mike Nichols, a Drexel University graduate, the Navy’s “entire fleet of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers,” along with its fleet of submarines, “contain steel from Coatesville, from the first-ever USS Langley, to the USS Enterprise which is currently under construction.”

Read more about the proposed expansion in the Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.

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