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Ellwood furnace boosts vacuum melt capacity

Keywords: Tags  Ellwood Group, SMS Siemag, VOD melting, vacuum-arc remelting, Michael Kamnikar, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Ellwood Group Inc. has commissioned a new vacuum oxygen decarburization (VOD) furnace, boosting vacuum melting capacity at its Ellwood National Steel unit.

The VOD furnace, installed at the Ellwood City, Pa.-based company’s facility in Irvine, Pa., will focus on stainless steel ingot but could also produce certain nickel-based alloys "down the road," Michael A. Kamnikar, senior vice president of marketing and business development, told AMM. It augments existing capacity at Ellwood Group’s primary melt facility in New Castle, Pa.

Ultimate capacity of the new SMS Siemag AG furnace, which is still being brought into service, has yet to be determined, according to Kamnikar, who didn’t give a start date for shipments to customers.

"We want to make sure that it’s performing the way it needs to perform," he said, adding that Ellwood Group is pleased with the furnace’s progress so far.

The stainless ingots are intended for forging and ring rolling, as well as electrodes for both vacuum-arc remelting (VAR) and electroslag remelting (ESR). They will be marketed both to the trade and to other divisions within Ellwood for such applications as oil and gas, petrochemical and aerospace, Kamnikar said.

Meanwhile, Kamnikar said Ellwood Group has yet to decide whether to install additional VAR furnaces at its Oil City, Pa., operation, which would produce 300M and additional vacuum remelt steels used in aerospace and other markets (, July 2).

Ellwood Group has also completed its acquisition of Houston-based Rose Machine Inc., a producer of finished and semifinished parts for the oilfield, petrochemical, midstream oil and gas industries. Financial details of the deal, which closed in December, were not disclosed.

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