Independent rebar mill planned for Texas mart

Aug 01, 2014 | 07:02 PM | Nat Rudarakanchana

Tags  rebar, Texas, steel, long products, concrete reinforcing bar, construction, Tondu, Joe Tondu Texas Steel

NEW YORK — An independent 200,000-ton-per-year rebar mill is planned near Waco, Texas, AMM has learned. Construction could begin by next spring.

The micro-mill would sell primarily to regional rebar fabricators, taking market share from imported rebar, project principal Joe Tondu of Houston-based Tondu Corp. told AMM.

The project, Texas Steel LLC, has filed an air permit application with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, state records show. The proposal is now open to public comment and a potential public hearing.

If the project develops smoothly, construction could begin in spring 2015, with the mill producing rebar around mid-2016, Tondu said.

"The infrastructure demands of the Gulf Coast are growing rapidly," Tondu told AMM in a telephone interview. "We see a large demand and a large need for supporting materials."....





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