Air Products held a construction celebration and ceremonial groundbreaking for its new global headquarters in Lehigh Valley, Pa. The facility is being built a little over 1 mile from its existing location on a 50-acre tract of property. Occupancy is targeted for summer 2021. The new location will be the base for approximately 2,000 employees with capacity for growth.
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. (AAM) entered into a definitive agreement to sell its U.S. iron casting operations (Grede) to funds managed by Gamut Capital Management for $245 million. Across 10 manufacturing facilities, Grede develops, manufactures, assembles and supplies ductile, gray and specialty iron castings and machined components for the automotive, commercial vehicle and industrial markets. AAM will retain its El Carmen, Mexico, iron casting operations.
The Industrial Heating Equipment Association’s (IHEA) Infrared Equipment Division (IRED) completed revisions to its Infrared Process Heating Handbook for Industrial Applications. This introduction to the many applications of infrared heating in industrial processes has been updated to include new technical information, additional application examples and new case studies.
Kobe Steel Ltd.’s U.S. subsidiary, Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions Inc. (KPEX), held an opening ceremony Sept. 18 in Bowling Green, Ky., for an expansion project. KPEX, which manufactures and sells aluminum extrusions and fabricated products, will add an additional melting furnace and extrusion press. After the expansion is complete, KPEX will have two melting furnaces and two extrusion presses. Production capacity will increase to 1,000 tons per month from the current 500 tons per month. Plans call for mass production using the new equipment to begin in 2021.
Premier Furnace Specialists and BeaverMatic completed a $2.5 million building expansion at one of its Farmington Hills, Mich., facilities. The expansion provides 45-foot-high ceilings with two (25-ton and 10-ton) overhead cranes to complement the existing two 10-ton overhead cranes. The total square feet under one roof is now 40,000. The expansion was needed for the continued growth of both companies and to accommodate the magnitude of the furnaces being built. The companies intend to hire additional employees in the future.
Gregory Scheuring has been named plant metallurgist for Solar Atmospheres of Western PA (SAWPA). Scheuring has extensive metallurgical experience from his time with A&T Stainless, AK Steel and the Ellwood Group. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s in materials science and engineering, he applied to Solar after developing a keen interest in vacuum thermal processing. In this role, Scheuring will assist with daily metallurgical questions and be instrumental in expanding Solar’s materials testing laboratory.
Stelco Inc. commissioned a state-of-the-art batch annealing facility in Hamilton, Ontario, and is starting shipment of fully processed, annealed cold-rolled steel sheet. The restart of a modernized and upgraded temper mill, along with installation of new annealing furnaces, will allow the company to add up to 200,000 net tons of fully processed cold-rolled steel to its product mix. With completion of this $30 million project, Stelco will be able to increase service to the automotive and appliance markets.
PAO Severstal invested approximately $6 million in Arcanum Alloys, Inc., a Michigan-based company that develops innovative steel-based alloys. Arcanum Alloys has developed a unique technology for the production of surface-optimized diffusion alloys. Its first product offers aesthetic and corrosion properties equivalent to stainless steel but with superior formability and at lower operational and capital costs. These products are targeted at customers in the automotive and construction industries.
Nucor Steel has chosen Danieli to supply a new quenching and self-tempering system to be installed at its mill in Marion, Ohio. The quenching and self-tempering process improves the mechanical properties of deformed bars, particularly yield strength, using billets with lower alloy content. The result is a product with final technological characteristics equal to or better than those obtained by low-alloyed/micro-alloyed steels.
John Crowther has been promoted to sales director North America of Nabertherm Inc. Crowther joined Nabertherm in 2014 and served as senior sales engineer. He is a metallurgical engineer who has worked with furnaces and materials processing throughout his career. Crowther will be responsible for sales in the United States and Canada.
Check out the October 2019 issue of Industrial Heating, featuring the "High-Temperature Refractory Maintenance", "How to Tell if You Really Have an Abrasion Problem", "Direct-Fired Gas Burners for High-Temperature Applications", and much more.