The Columbus Flat Roll Division of Steel Dynamics Inc. will invest $140 million to add a new continuous hot-dip galvanizing line from Fives at its plant in Columbus, Miss. The line will be capable of producing 400,000 tons per year of unexposed automotive steel grades and specialized steel grades. Fives scope of supply includes a horizontal annealing furnace, hot-dip galvanizing and cooling equipment, inspection, metallurgical assistance for different steel grades, and construction and commissioning assistance.

The new line is expected to be commissioned in the middle of 2020. SDI’s Columbus Division supplies the automotive, agriculture, appliance, construction, energy and machinery industries. SDI previously contracted Fives to upgrade an existing continuous galvanizing line at the same facility in August 2018 to increase production capacity.