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Four injured in explosion at Iowa steel plant

22 September 2017

Gerdau Ameristeel's Wilton plant east of Iowa City was hit by an explosion on the night of September 20, injuring three employees and one contractor. A company spokesperson said the blast happened in the steel melting shop and that all operations would be suspended until further notice. 

The Wilton plant employs 220 people and the company is working with local authorities to investigate the incident and determine its cause, according to local media. Following the explosion, parts of the plant are now exposed to the elements.

Gerdau, which was founded in Brazil in 1901, is the leading company in the production of long steel in North and South America, as well as one of the major suppliers of specialty long steel in the world.

The Gerdau Ameristeel plant in Wilton is one of 18 steel mills operated by the company in North America. It focuses on long steel and other products, including beams and piling, merchant bar quality and wire rod products.

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