Zekelman Industries will build what it says will be the world’s largest continuous electric-resistance-welded (ERW) tube mill in Blytheville, Ark., on property adjacent to its existing Atlas Tube mill. The $150 million facility will be capable of producing sections as large as 28-inch OD x 1-inch wall. The company projects an additional 75 new employees will be hired to work in the mill, with start-up scheduled for September 2021. The mill will be capable of producing hollow structural sections (HSS) in square, rectangular and round shapes and in sizes ranging from 8 inches square x 0.750-inch wall to 22 inches square x 1-inch wall.
According to Zekelman Industries, the mill allows the full range of these products to be made in the U.S. for the first time and with a larger maximum wall thickness than previously available. The largest rectangular section produced here will be 30 inches x 14 inches x 1-inch wall. The Blytheville mill will produce HSS and pipe piling to meet or exceed ASTM A500, ASTM A1085, CSA G40 and ASTM A252 standards.