SGL Group – The Carbon Company – is investing approximately $26 million in its Ozark, Ark., facility for the construction of new state-of-the-art graphitization for the manufacture of graphite electrodes, which are used for the production of steel in electric-arc furnaces. This investment will yield cleaner technology and reduce energy consumption by approximately 20%. Ozark currently has 90 employees and is the only facility within SGL Group’s global network to produce the full range of electrode sizes (14-32 inches), with feedstock coming from SGL Group’s Hickman, Ky., facility. Graphite electrodes are used in the EAF steel production route to recycle steel scrap.