NEW YORK Nucor
Corp. has finished an upgrade at its bar mill in Wallingford,
Conn., where it has replaced its reheat furnace, the company
"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
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
reinforcing bar, wire rod, wire mesh and wire at its
Wallingford plant, according to the companys website.