American Titanium Works (ATW) announced that it will build a world-class titanium mini-mill facility in Laurens County, S.C. The new plant will include plasma-arc melting and vacuum-arc melting furnaces along with raw-material preparation and blending equipment. A 4-high rolling mill designed and built for rolling of alloyed and commercially pure titanium plate will also be housed in Laurens County. ATW, headquartered in Chicago, will invest an estimated $422 million in the project. A wide range of titanium conditioning, finishing, nondestructive testing and laboratory equipment will also be on site to ensure quality.
ATW also announced that it will establish its applications development and engineering technical center in Greenville County, S.C., at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. ATW’s Tech Center, which will specialize in prototype development and fabrication techniques, is expected to create 40 applied-engineering jobs.