Goncalves said the company will be catering to a desirable customer base and primarily doing business in the United States, which he called “the most resilient manufacturing economy in the world.”
“I am honored to be leading a company that is built on such a rich history, and now combines mining, pelletizing, direct-reduction, EAF steelmaking, BF/BOF steelmaking, highly technologically developed finishing mills and automated manufacturing of auto-parts,” he said.
Cliffs plans to maintain a "significant presence" at AK Steel's current headquarters office in West Chester Twp., as well as its Research and Innovation Center in Middletown.
Goncalves said he is "very pleased" to welcome the AK Steel employees and the unions representing the workforce throughout the country to the Cleveland-Cliffs family. "From now on, we are a single, united and very strong team," he said.
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Per the agreement, AK Steel CEO Roger Newport will retire from the company. Newport also will receive a “golden parachute” payment of $29.9 million.
AK Steel employs 2,400 people across the region. It posted sales of $6.8 billion last year, up from $6.1 billion the previous year. It also reported a profit of $186 million, compared to $104 million in 2017.
Headquartered in Cleveland, Cleveland-Cliffs employs approximately 12,000 people across mining and steel manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Founded in 1847, the company is among the largest vertically integrated producers of differentiated iron ore and steel in North America. With an emphasis on non-commoditized products, Cliffs said it is “uniquely positioned to supply both customized iron ore pellets and sophisticate d steel solutions to a quality-focused customer base, with an industry-leading market share in the automotive industry.”
In 2020, Cliffs also expects to be the sole producer of hot briquetted iron (HBI) in the Great Lakes region.
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11,700: Employees as of March 2020
Headquartered in Cleveland since 1847
$7.8 billion: Pro-Forma FY 2019 Revenues
$1.0 billion: Pro-Forma FY 2019 Adjusted EBITDA
Listed on New York Stock Exchange as "CLF"