NEW YORK Wire Mesh Corp. is adding another wire drawing line at its Houston facility in order to produce additional prestressed concrete (PC) strand, company president Luis Barrenechea told AMM.
The company installed a PC stranding machine in 2012, along with one wire drawing line to feed the machine. This was instead of the usual two drawing lines because Wire Mesh is new to the PC strand business and wanted to begin with a lower capacity in a tepid market, Barrenechea said.
But with the economy slowly improving, Barrenechea said the second drawing line will allow the stranding machine to operate at full capacity using the companys own wire.
"Were new in the PC strand business. Right now, its a product that were expecting things to turn around for, and were expecting more infrastructure work," he said.
The drawing line will cost Jacksonville, Fla.-based Wire Mesh $2 million. The company will hire a few additional employees to supervise the line.
"We are increasing capacity, but really we could buy the wire and have the same capacity. This is giving us more flexibility and a better chance to do our own wire," Barrenechea said.
Wire Mesh will bring the wire drawing line online by early 2014.