Brown Obtains Significant New Funding for Steel Production at Cleveland-Cliffs Middletown Works Facility



US Senator Sherrod Brown announced a significant new investment to revamp the Cleveland-Cliffs Middletown Works Plant in Ohio. The investment will be used to install a 100% hydrogen-ready, flex-fuel direct reduction plant designed to produce iron with nearly zero greenhouse emissions. This investment was made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, both of which Senator Brown helped to pass.

Major Investment in Green Manufacturing Announced for Ohio Steel Plant

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has announced a significant new investment in the Cleveland-Cliffs Middletown Works Plant. The initiative will overhaul existing ironmaking systems and install a state-of-the-art, hydrogen-ready, flex-fuel direct reduction plant coupled to two electric melting furnaces. This will enable iron production with nearly zero greenhouse gas emissions. Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, both supported by Brown, facilitated the Department of Energy grant.

Brown expressed that the partnership will support IAM steelworkers in Middletown and keep them at the forefront of the global steel industry. The investment will aid growing industries, create jobs, and reinforce Ohio’s standing as a national leader in manufacturing and innovation.

Lourenco Goncalves, CEO of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., noted that Middletown Works is a flagship integrated steel mill producing advanced grades of flat-rolled steel, primarily for the automotive industry. Goncalves states that the project shows the successful implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act, incentivizing private sector investments in decarbonization technologies while supporting high-quality jobs.

The new technology will enhance domestic iron and steel production capabilities and continue to create and support union jobs. The project also reduces emissions and energy usage and cuts down the consumption of raw materials used in cement manufacturing.

Senator Brown has been a strong advocate for the Ohio steel industry and U.S. trade enforcement. He recently advocated for the reversal of an EPA rule that threatened Ohio’s steel industry. Brown is also currently opposing the sale of U.S. Steel to Nippon, and has introduced several bills to strengthen U.S. trade enforcement, including the Leveling the Playing Field 2.0 Act.

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