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
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.