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ArcelorMittal, one of Northwest Indiana’s largest employers, named a new leader for its North American operations.

Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal named Robrecht Himpe chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal North America. Himpe most recently served as executive vice president of ArcelorMittal and CEO of AM/NS Calvert, the new Alabama-based finishing facility where the steelmaker produces hot-rolled, hot-rolled pickled and oiled, cold-rolled sheet, and advanced coated products.

He assumed the new executive role at the beginning of July but remains at the plant in Alabama. According to a company statement, Himpe will continue to provide executive leadership at the finishing operation, which can produce 5.3 million tons a year.

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“ArcelorMittal North American organization will continue to focus on developing synergies between our assets in Canada, the United States and Mexico to best meet customer demand and maximize value for ArcelorMittal,” the company said in a statement.

CEO John Brett will continue to lead ArcelorMittal USA and its downstream assets, including Northwest Indiana mills. Himpe and Brett report directly to ArcelorMittal Chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal. 

ArcelorMittal employs more than 9,500 workers locally at mills in East Chicago, Burns Harbor, Gary, Riverdale and New Carlisle.

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