International engineering group Fives supplied a reheating furnace to Severstal, a leading Russian steel producer, for its Cherepovets Steel Mill. The furnace, symbolically named “Spark,” is the first of three slab-heating furnaces launched within a major upgrade program covering furnace facilities at Mill 2000, which produces 65% of Cherepovets Steel Mill's output. The furnace, which includes on/off burners and automation control, has a capacity of 400 tons per hour for cold slab charging and 500 tons per hour for hot slab charging. This productivity is twice as high as any existing furnace at Mill 2000.
HarbisonWalker International (HWI) intends to invest $25 million to convert its closed Fairfield, Ala., plant into an advanced refractories manufacturing, service and distribution hub for southern U.S. steelmakers. Construction will begin during the first quarter of 2022, and the 200,000-square-foot facility is expected to open before the end of the year. The investment will increase refractory capacity and efficiency commensurate with steel customers’ production investments. HWI anticipates hiring 50 highly trained technicians and staff in a team-based environment at the plant.
Nucor Corp. will build its new $2.7 billion sheet mill, which will have the capacity to produce 3 million tons of steel annually, in Mason County, W.V. The location on the Ohio River provides Nucor with important transportation and logistics advantages and a strengthened ability to serve customers in the Midwest and Northeast, the two largest sheet-consuming regions in the country. The mill will employ approximately 800 full-time workers when fully operational. Construction is expected to take two years.
United States Steel Corp. announced that its next-generation highly sustainable and technologically advanced steel mill will be located in Osceola, Ark., close to the company’s Big River Steel plant. The facility is engineered to bring together the most advanced technology to create the steel mill of the future. The steel production facility is expected to include two electric-arc furnaces (EAFs) with 3 million tons per year of steelmaking capability, an endless casting and rolling line, and advanced finishing capabilities.
Commercial Metals Company (CMC) announced, as the next phase of its long-term growth strategy, plans to construct a micro-mill geographically situated to primarily serve the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest U.S. markets. CMC believes that the location and capabilities of the planned facility will significantly augment its scale in the eastern U.S. and synergistically complement its existing operational footprint. The company is currently in the site selection process and exploring suitable options. According to CMC, the new micro-mill will be among the most environmentally friendly steelmaking operations in the world and will use technology lower in both energy consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions compared to traditional steelmaking processes.
Metinvest and SMS group and its subsidiary, Paul Wurth, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to reduce carbon emissions from steelmaking and ironmaking. SMS group will support Metinvest in improving its operational efficiency and environmental performance. The MOU also sets out an agenda for discussions about future areas of cooperation with the greatest potential. The agreement is expected to provide the companies with the opportunity to develop and test new technologies to enhance steelmaking and ironmaking, as well as downstream processes.
American SpiralWeld Pipe Co., a subsidiary of American Cast Iron Pipe Co., plans to expand operations in Richland County, S.C. The $40 million investment will create 100 new jobs. The multi-year expansion, which will increase the company’s capacity to support growing demand, will be accomplished in phases. It is expected to be completed by 2025. American SpiralWeld Pipe manufactures steel pipe in diameters up to 144 inches. Spiral-welded steel pipe applications include transmission, distribution and collection lines for water and wastewater; penstocks; water intakes and outfalls; and structural pilings.
Ternium USA Inc. will invest $98 million at its facility in Shreveport, La. The project, which will increase the company’s production capacity in the United States by 53%, will create 35 new direct jobs and retain 157 jobs. Ternium USA is adding a second coil paint line with a capacity of 120,000 tons per year. The investment also covers other improvements throughout the facility. Construction on the expansion will begin in the first quarter of 2022, and commercial operations are expected to start by mid-2024.
Nucor Corp. reached agreements to acquire a majority ownership position in California Steel Industries (CSI) by purchasing a 50% equity interest from a subsidiary of Vale S.A. and a 1% equity ownership stake from JFE Steel Corp. (JFE). The company will be a joint venture between Nucor and JFE. CSI is a flat-rolled steel converter with the capability to produce more than 2 million tons of finished steel and steel products annually. The company has five product lines, including hot rolled, pickled and oiled, cold rolled, galvanized and ERW pipe.
United States Steel Corp., Norfolk Southern Corp. and The Greenbrier Companies jointly announced a new steel gondola railcar. Using a formula for high-strength, lighter-weight steel developed by U.S. Steel, each gondola’s unloaded weight is reduced by up to 15,000 pounds. Gondola railcars transport loose bulk material such as metal scraps, coils, wood chips, steel slabs and ore. Norfolk Southern will initially acquire 800 of the Greenbrier-engineered gondolas. Features of the newly designed gondolas provide an extended lifecycle, increased sustainability and greater freight capacity.