CHICAGO Gerdau SA plans to spend $21.6 million to increase straightening and quality-inspection capabilities at its special bar quality (SBQ) mill in Monroe, Mich.
The investment will include a new bar-straightening unit, surface inspection equipment and automatic ultrasonic inspection equipment for testing internal cleanliness, all of which will be located in a new building, the Brazilian steelmaker said. "This project supports the reinforcement and expansion of our leading SBQ position," Gerdau chief executive officer André B. Gerdau Johannpeter said in a statement.
This initiative is part of Gerdaus previously announced plans to expand the Monroe mills capabilities and raise production capacity to more than 800,000 tons per year.
Improvements to Monroes rolling facilities are also under way, including the installation of six additional rolling mill stands and a new walking beam reheating furnace. All the Monroe mill improvements are expected to be completed by the second half of 2013, the company said.
The additional investment at Monroe is the latest in a series of U.S. capital projects announced by the steelmaker over the past 24 months. On Monday, Gerdau unveiled plans to spend $50 million to replace the continuous caster at its St. Paul, Minn., mill (AMM, May 8)