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Steel still hinges on weather



Published: Sat, January 8, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The company received the $3.6 million contract last year.

YOUNGSTOWN -- A representative for the company providing structural steel for the Youngstown Convocation Center said he hopes to have the material here by the middle of next week.

The weather in Columbus and here, however, will be the final determining factor on next week's arrival, said Bob Terpak, project manager for Ohio Steel Industries in Columbus.

"We're experiencing flooding right now" in the Columbus area and near the plant, Terpak said Friday.

The steel for the $42 million arena was to have arrived in the middle of December, with installation taking place this month and in February.

Attempts stymied

Bad weather in Columbus, however, has stymied attempts to get the steel here.

"I have 10 trucks ready to go up there and the steel is ready," Terpak said, adding the truss for the ice rink also is done and ready to be shipped.

He explained that the snowstorms in December, especially around Christmas, had a severe impact on the company.

"The Monday after Christmas we had no power," Terpak said. Ice storms later hit the Columbus area in late December and early this month.

Flooding is now the problem, and Terpak hopes that problem can be resolved shortly so the steel can leave the plant.

The goal is to have steel-laden trucks arrive by the middle of next week, Terpak added. Ohio Steel Industries was awarded the $3.63 million structural steel contract last year.

Jeff Kossow, convocation center executive director, said Ohio Steel does have a time line to meet, and when the steel does arrive, the company has 60 days to erect it.

The center is being built between the Market Street and South Avenue bridges. It is closer to the South Avenue bridge and access to it will be from Front Street.




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