SAs capital improvement projects at its special bar
quality (SBQ) steel mill in Monroe, Mich., have marked
The plant added a new
continuous caster last October and dismantled the old caster
this past June.
"The new caster is
part of a larger project that will increase the quality of
steel we produce," Jay Murthy, director of technical services
and product development at Gerdau Special Steel North America,
said in a statement Sept. 25.
Construction of the
foundation for a new vacuum degasser began in July and is
scheduled for start-up next March. The company will
decommission the old degasser in July 2014.
Gerdau is also working
to expand production capacity by installing six additional
rolling mill stands and a new walking beam reheat furnace. It
expects to complete that project during the second quarter of
Another project to
increase Monroes straightening and quality inspection
capabilities, announced in May 2012, should conclude by October
2014, the São Paulo-based company said.
The upgrades are part
of the facilitys overall $155.6-million investment
project announced in May 2010. The Monroe plant will have an
annual SBQ production capacity of more than 800,000 tons when
the work is completed by the end of 2014.
"Completion of this
project will enable us to meet the growing demands of our
customers so we can continue to be their SBQ supplier of
choice," Gerdau Special Steel North America president Jack
Gerdau Special Steel North America makes SBQ for the
automotive, commercial vehicle, agricultural, service center
and energy markets from plants in Monroe and Jackson and Fort
Smith, Ark. It also runs processing centers in Lansing, Mich.;
North Vernon and Huntington, Ind.; Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; and