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Frontier 'considering' running Mingo plant

September 21, 2012
By KIM LOCCISANO - For The Weirton Daily Times , Weirton Daily Times

There is a new steel company potentially getting ready to do business in the area - Mingo Junction Steel Works, LLC.

While the former owner of the steel works, RG Steel, is no more, it seems the facility's new owners are not only looking to make good on an earlier statement they are interested in seeing a part of the mill returned to production, but are also more than interested in considering making employment offers to some individuals who were standouts among the ranks of the previous workforce.

Mingo Junction Steel Works, LLC is the name chosen and now on record in federal bankruptcy court as the new commercial identity for the complex, as owner Frontier Industrial Corporation continues to dedicate another two to three months in an effort to return steel production to a part of the facility.

''We are seriously considering operating this facility again. We are talking to a number of folks, a number of capital funds, about restarting this facility,'' Frontier Vice President Craig Slater said in a published report.

Slater referred by name specifically to former chief operating officer Mark Whalen as a likely consideration to play a lead role there if Frontier does actually decide to restart the steelmaking side of operations at the Mingo Junction mill and moves to bring former RG personnel back into the mix.

He also said the slag recycling aspect of the business and the cogeneration facilities would likely ''come back to life'' regardless what direction is actually realized for the other assets at the Mingo Junction works.

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