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Mittal's steel is framing NY's response to Sept 11

Keen to contribute to healing the scar of September 11, workers at ArcelorMittal's plant in Luxembourg are working to provide a firm and stable backbone to the iconic Freedom Tower at Ground Zero in New York.

world Updated: May 23, 2008 10:52 IST

Keen to contribute to healing the scar of September 11, engineers and steel workers at ArcelorMittal's plant in Luxembourg are quietly working to provide a firm and stable backbone to the iconic Freedom Tower at Ground Zero in New York.

Currently under construction, the Freedom Tower is due to be completed in 2012. The mammoth tower is a form of rehabilitation for those hurt by the acts of terrorism, and a way to heal the wounds of New York and the United States.

At ArcelorMittal's plant in Differdange, 20 km from Luxembourg, mountains of metal scrap are being melted through a unique high temperature process to produce its speciality, the jumbo high tensile beams.

From the plant, the beams are transported by train to nearby Antwerp and onwards to the United States by ship for use in the tower frame.

Since 2006, the plant has supplied 13,500 tonnes of steel for the tower, including 9,800 tonnes of jumbo beams. The tower's overall order for nearly 18,000 tonnes of ArecelorMittal steel is worth USD 30 million.

"Nearly 65 years ago, the United States liberated Luxembourg during World War II. Now we are proud that we are providing the basic steel structure for the emblematic Freedom Tower in New York," Michel Wurth, member of the company's Group Management Board, told PTI.

Other members of the board are Lakshmi N Mittal, Aditya Mittal,Malay Mukherjee and Gonzalo Urquijo.

The Differdange plant has been the pioneer of the steel beams used in skyscrapers, bridges, offshore structures, trusses (used in stadiums and hangars).