NEW YORK Nucor Corp. has finished an upgrade at its bar mill in Wallingford, Conn., where it has replaced its reheat furnace, the company told AMM.
"Work on the new reheat furnace has been completed and the furnace was started up at the beginning of August," said Dan Needham, general manager of Nucor Steel Connecticut Inc. "Service to our customers was never interrupted as we completed this project. We took care of each customer and delivered their orders on schedule."
The upgrade included an 18,400-square-foot expansion to the Wallingford facility to house the furnace, municipal records show. Local officials said the building expansion cost Nucor $575,000. The steelmaker also spent $300,000 to "process natural gas piping for a new steel reheat furnace at the facility," according to records.
The upgrade will boost annual capacity at the facility to 300,000 to 350,000 tons from 250,000 tons at a cost of $16 million, a Nucor spokeswoman told AMM last year (amm.com, July 13, 2012). She did not confirm if the cost of the capacity boost and upgrade had changed.
A mill customer said the new furnace will allow the mill to adjust its billet size.
Nucor makes reinforcing bar, wire rod, wire mesh and wire at its Wallingford plant, according to the companys website.