NEW YORK Outokumpu High
Performance Stainless Bar Inc. will start the new $7-million
heat-treating facility at its Richburg, S.C., site this fall,
the company says, noting that this will mean "shorter and more
reliable lead times" for its customers.
The expansion includes the
purchase of two furnaces for high- and low-temperature work,
while also adding specialty straightening, cutting and testing
capabilities. Heat-treating for the Richburg facility has
previously been handled by outside processors.
Construction on the heat-treat
building is expected to commence in late spring with start-up
anticipated in the fall, the company said. The project was
announced last May (
amm.com, May 30).
"Our customers should benefit
from shorter and more reliable lead times and better quality as
a result of the in-house heat-treating capabilities," said Lou
Kern, Outokumpu senior vice president for bar in the Americas.
"This investment will allow us to offer our customers a
significant increase in capacity, long length capability, and
the ability for specialized treatment."
Stainless bar products from
Richburg are used in valves, fittings, flanges and other
machine components found in chemical processing, oil
exploration, food and beverage, pulp and paper, aerospace and
other industrial applications.
The company is a subsidiary of
Finnish stainless steel producer Outokumpu Oyj.