Fort Wayne, IN /PRNewswire/ - Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: STLD) recently awarded the contract for an expansion at its Roanoke Bar Division, located in Roanoke, Virginia to SMS group. The upgrade is to integrate a new reheating furnace and a new finishing area into the facility. With this $28 million investment, the Roanoke Bar Division plans to utilize its existing excess melting and casting capability to increase rolling capacity from the current 500,000 tons to over 600,000 tons per year.
"With the addition of this equipment which allows for multi-strand slitting and rebar finishing, we expect the added product diversification and our existing highly competitive cost structure to allow us to quickly grow market share. Additionally, we will be one of the largest independent rebar suppliers without our own rebar fabricating business, which we believe will be a positive for our new customer base," said Joe Crawford, Vice President and Roanoke Bar Division General Manager.
The supply package is comprised of a pusher-type high capacity reheating furnace designed to process 140 tons of billets per hour. The plan is to roll the billets into light sections and reinforcing bars from sizes #4 to #11, as well as corresponding round bars. The objective of the new reheating furnace is not only to increase productivity but also to significantly improve energy efficiency, with the adoption of a smart combustion management system.
After the upgrade, the Roanoke Bar Division expects to increase production of rebar to over 200,000 tons per year. Commissioning is expected to commence at the end of 2017.
About Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Steel Dynamics, Inc. is one of the largest domestic steel producers and metals recyclers in the United States based on estimated annual steelmaking and metals recycling capability, with facilities located throughout the United States and in Mexico. Steel Dynamics produces steel products, including hot roll, cold roll, and coated sheet steel, structural steel beams and shapes, rail, engineered special-bar-quality steel, cold finished steel, merchant bar products, specialty steel sections and steel joists and deck. In addition, the company produces liquid pig iron and processes and sells ferrous and nonferrous scrap.
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