CMC's Arizona micro-mill getting up to speed

Dec 10, 2009 | 10:08 AM | Corinna Petry

Commercial Metals Co.'s new micro-mill in Mesa, Ariz., "is rolling perfectly good product," according to a top executive at the recycler, steelmaker and trader, and it should be ramped up to full capacity by next summer.

Assuming the Mesa configuration works as well as expected, the company likely will establish a mirror image of it either somewhere in the United States or internationally, William B. Larson, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Irving, Texas-based CMC, told AMM.

"We are in the phase of rolling various sizes of rebar and all of it has been sold, more to our own affiliates. (The mill) is designed so that even at full production, 60 percent goes to our own fabrication shops," Larson said. The Mesa facility could run all sizes, he noted, "but due to market constraints and the needs of our fabricators we may not roll the entire range just yet."....

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