The former National Forge melt shop, which was acquired by Ellwood Group Inc. in 2003, is now in production as Ellwood National Steel (ENS), bringing about 50,000 ton/year of capacity to the forging ingot market. With an investment of $12 million in construction and equipment, ENS is now producing electric furnace, vacuum degassed, bottom-poured carbon and low alloy steel ingots in 45-ton heat lots. Ingot sizes include 16, 21, 24, 31 and 39 in. diameters. After collecting the emission data necessary to secure the appropriate Pennsylvania DEP permits, ENS will submit an application to raise its annual capacity to 150,000 tons. If the permit process goes as planned, ENS will have a ladle furnace in operation in the second quarter of 2006. For more information, visit