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Algoma Steel exits creditor protection; plans to invest $300M


December 3, 2018
By The Canadian Press

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December 3, 2018 – Algoma Steel Inc. says has purchased the assets of Essar Steel Algoma Inc. after emerging from three years of creditor protection.

The Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., company said Friday that it is a stronger, more sustainable Canadian steelmaker.

In operation since 1901, Algoma Steel employs more than 2,900 workers and is in the process of hiring. It has a capacity to manufacture 2.8 million tonnes of hot and cold-rolled steel sheet and plate products that are sold in Canada and abroad.

The company says its has financial stability with a healthy balance sheet and substantially less debt and three defined benefit pension plans that are secure.

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It says the new owners are committed to invest $300 million to expand capacity and grade capability to make Algoma Steel more efficient and competitive to meet demand from industries such as shipbuilding, auto manufacturing, energy, mining and defence.

“When we take a look around at the domestic and international steel markets, what we see is a lot of room for growth for Algoma Steel,” says CEO Kalyan Ghosh.

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