NEW YORK Attala
Steel Industries LLC has opened a $5-million steel galvanizing
plant to complement its steel mill and fabrication facility in
"We wanted to provide
a finished product to our customers," Attala general manager
Mark Lindsey told AMM.
Attala, which produces
steel I-beams used primarily in the solar industry, has seen
increased demand in solar technology and federal highway
systems, he said, adding that it closed its former galvanizing
plant so it could expand its current facility.
plant began production less than two months ago, and Attala has
been buying spot special-high-grade zinc from Australia, where
it is cheaper, Lindsey said.
The London Metal
Exchange cash price for zinc closed at $1,828 per tonne (82.9
cents per pound) Oct. 2, down 2.8 percent from $1,880 per tonne
(85.3 cents per pound) Sept. 27. Delivered premiums also fell
to 8 to 9 cents per pound Sept. 26 from 9 to 10 cents
amm.com, Sept. 27).
The company may enter
into a contract next year and will look at U.S.-based suppliers
as well, Lindsey said.