| DEARBORN, Mich., June 21
DEARBORN, Mich., June 21 Russian steel company
Severstal has are no plans to expand its U.S.
manufacturing footprint at this time, Chief Executive Alexey
Mordashov said on Thursday.
That also means the company has no plans to buy the former
Severstal plant now owned by bankrupt RG Steel in Maryland or an
Alabama plant of ThyssenKrupp AG, Mordashov told
Reuters in an interview.
"We don't have any plans for the moment, just because we
have to harvest the results of our investments first. We are in
a ramp-up period," he said.
Mordashov referred primarily to the company's two existing
U.S. steel plants, in Dearborn, Michigan, and Columbus,
He said the company will always explore options, but even if
the RG Steel or ThyssenKrupp plants are offered at bargain
prices, Severstal needs to make sure it can establish its two
U.S. plants before considering expansion.
Mordashov spoke from the Dearborn plant, where he is
celebrating two new lines capable of producing lightweight steel
for the U.S. automakers. Severstal so far has invested $1.4
billion in upgrading the Dearborn plant, opened in 1920 by Ford
Motor Co. founder Henry Ford and situated near one of Ford's
largest auto assembly plants.
In all, Severstal has spent about $3 billion at the two
plants, an investment that Mordashov said he is confident will
be fruitful for Russia's No. 2 steelmaker.
"We believe that the U.S. economy has all the fundamentals
in place for prosperity," he said.
"It's well known that the current situation with the world
economy and the U.S. economy has some risks. And because of
that, we would want to do any move with more visibility," he