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Roadrunner Steel to expand processing capacity in Ariz.

Keywords: Tags  Roadrunner Steel, Performance Steel, Jim Russell, processing, slitting, flat-roll, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Flat-rolled processor Roadrunner Steel LLC has slated a $7-million expansion that will augment its slitting capacity with new leveling equipment.

The Phoenix-based processor is building a 100,000-square-foot facility on more than eight acres in Glendale, Ariz., which will replace its current leased operation and contain new in-house cut-to-length line capacity, vice president Jim Russell said in a statement.

Roadrunner processes flat-rolled coil for affiliated Las Vegas-based distributor Performance Steel Inc., as well as other customers, said Russell, who also is vice president of Performance Steel.

The facility, which is expected to be operational by October, will include not only Roadrunner’s existing 60-inch Braner slitter but also a previously purchased 72-inch Delta leveling line with a trapezoid shear, allowing the company to slit and level more than 200,000 tons per year. The new site includes a 12-car rail spur.

Russell said the expansion will "enhance our position in the sheet market," allowing Roadrunner to compete more effectively using both coil and sheet.

Roadrunner primarily serves construction and solar industry customers in the western United States and Mexico.

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