CHICAGO Republic Steel has begun engineering work to relocate a quality verification line to its Lackawanna, N.Y., plant from Canton, Ohio, a company spokesman told AMM Aug. 2.
The Lackawanna plant, which rolls 13-inch round special bar quality (SBQ) steel, already has one such inspection line, but the steelmaker said it is assessing the value of equipment and putting it where its needed most.
"Its a matter of locating production facilities jointly. We are putting this inspection line where the bar is produced," the spokesman said. The Canton mill produces large round-cornered square bar, but the quality verification line is built to inspect smaller round bars. "We are targeting the move for the end of the year."
Republic is looking at "additional structural changes" related to the start-up of an electric-arc furnace at its Lorain steelmaking complex, it said.
"We project an early fourth-quarter start for that (melt shop)," the spokesman said.
Republic in late April signed a five-year deal to supply Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel Corp. with seamless tube rounds (amm.com, April 29).
Canton-based Republic agreed to ship a minimum of 225,000 tons of tube rounds to the steelmakers tube mills annually beginning in January 2014, and could reach as much as 450,000 tons. The Lorain melt shops annual capacity is 1.2 million tons.