CHICAGO The pressure vessel manufacturing market
is likely to be a growth market for heavy-gauge flat-rolled
steel consumption, according to market participants.
The majority of holding tanks are made from A36 (grade)
black hot-rolled, 3/16ths through
¼-inch-thick steel, Worthington Industries
Inc.s Pressure Cylinders president Andrew J. Billman
This adds thousands of tons to our (companywide) mill
purchases. Thats just our two companies (including
steel processing), which is a considerable amount of plate.
All these other (vessel) fabricators are buying similar
amounts," he said. The message is that the
energy scenario is good for steel, for processors and
Barry Berquist, president of Samuel Pressure Vessel Group,
said that although its a difficult number to
quantify, our estimates place total North American steel
consumption by our industry at 700,000 to 1.2 million tons
A half dozen heavy-metal fabricators and equipment builders
have announced plans to expand their pressure vessel
manufacturing capabilities in the past few months:
Gary, Ind.-based steel fabricator Refax Inc. bought
Chicago-based Imperial Steel Tank Co. earlier this month and
will take over its production of pressure vessels, storage
tanks, reactors and other welded products.
Apache Stainless Equipment Corp., maker of stainless
and carbon steel and high-alloy American Society of
Mechanical Engineers (ASME) atmospheric vessels, said in
August that it will invest $1.5 million to expand its Beaver
Dam, Wis., facility.
Odessa, Texas-based storage tank and processing
equipment manufacturer Permian Tank & Manufacturing Inc.
is expanding its operations to Belle Fourche, S.D., as its
location supports the Bakken, Niobrara and Green River
oilfield activities. The expansion will include a steel tank
Bridgeview, Ill.-based Manitex International Inc. in
August bought Knox, Ind.-based. Sabre Manufacturing LLC,
which fabricates steel tanks for petroleum and natural gas
drilling applications (amm.com, Aug. 20).
Stainless steel storage and equipment manufacturer
Feldmeier Equipment Inc. began a 50,000-square-foot facility
expansion last month in Little Falls, N.Y., and a project to
upgrade machinery and equipment at its Syracuse, N.Y., plant
(amm.com, Aug. 19).
Cincinnati-based Enerfab Inc. broke ground in early
August on a $10-million expansion project at its Enersteel
subsidiary operation in Natchez, Miss. (amm.com, Aug. 7).
Sauk Rapids, Minn.-based WFSI Inc. plans to expand its
facility to increase its welding and manufacturing business.
The company is focused on the oil and gas, energy and
military markets, and the bigger plant will allow it to
produce large pressure vessels used in the oil industry.