Precoat Metals, a division of Sequa Corp., plans to open a new coil coating complex in the Southeast and has signed a letter of intent to purchase a 150,000-square foot building in the Birmingham, Ala. suburb of Hueytown.

Precoat Metals (St. Louis, Mo.; http://www.precoatmetals.com), a division of Sequa Corp., plans to open a new coil coating complex in the Southeast and has signed a letter of intent to purchase a 150,000-square foot building in the Birmingham, Ala. suburb of Hueytown. Precoat Metals will expand the facility and relocate existing equipment in order to operate a 62-inch wide tandem coil coating line and slitter on the site. The coating line will be capable of leveling, embossing and applying a full range of organic coatings and laminates to cold rolled, galvanized, and Galvalume™ steel, as well as aluminum, in thicknesses from 0.010 to 0.060 inch. The complex, which is expected to open in 2006, will encompass production, laboratory, warehouse, and administrative office space and will have approximately 80 employees.