CarTech tackles strong demand with new plant

Jan 03, 2014 | 03:56 PM | Rey Mashayekhi

Tags  Carpenter Technology, CarTech, Athens plant, steel, specialty alloys, aerospace, energy, Jim Seitz David Strobel

NEW YORK — Carpenter Technology Corp.’s new $518-million premium alloy plant near Athens, Ala., originally due to open this coming April, is gearing up to meet strong aerospace and energy demand head on.

Carpenter decided to push the start date for the 500,000-square-foot facility, which sits on 230 acres in Limestone County, up to January in order to meet the increase in end-markets demand. The facility will have a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 27, when most key components will be operational.

"It was a huge task," Jim Seitz, the project’s program director, told AMM in an interview when asked about the challenge of finishing the facility three months ahead of schedule. "Almost superhuman."....

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