Yorkshire furnace fires up again

5 Oct 2017

Hundreds of jobs will be created under Liberty’s plan to revive mothballed UK steel unit.

On Wednesday Liberty House reactivated a major piece of casting equipment at the Aldwarke works in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Previous owner Tata Steel UK closed down the bloom caster 18 months ago at the height of the UK steel crisis.

Peter Hogg, chief operations officer for Liberty Speciality Steels said, ‘We plan to increase our production of steel bar threefold within a year by bringing this equipment back into use.’

The company has already employed 64 new staff. A further 150 jobs will be created in the next six months as production from the revamped caster increases dramatically to provide more high-grade steel bar for automotive and engineering components in the UK and beyond, Liberty said.