NEW YORK Global steel
wire fabricator N.V. Bekaert SA is expanding its Van Buren,
Ark., steel wire fabricating facility to produce galvanized
prestressed concrete strand, the first operation of its kind in
the United States, a source at the company told
The Kortrijk, Belgium-based
company is installing a seven wire strand machine, a "major
step forward" in supplying end markets that previously relied
on imported galvanized PC strand or non-stressed strand, the
source said. "It is the first and only (galvanized) PC
operation in the U.S."
The new offering is expected to
be available in the second quarter for the construction and
transportation end markets in the United States.
expansion could give the company new market share ahead of a
possible U.S. federal infrastructure investment (
amm.com, Feb. 21), Bekaert said. The Buy America Act
requires suppliers to public infrastructure projects to use
domestically produced material, and the Van Buren expansion
would capitalize on the potential new market.
The company declined to comment
on the size of the facility or the volume of wire that will be