American Steel Pipe will invest $55 million to add a
150,000-square-foot processing facility to its North Mill in
The expansion, which
is slated for completion in 2014, will house two hydrotesters,
two ultrasonic testing machines and a new end-facing and
current processing facility will be decoupled and linked to the
plants South Mill, doubling its processing capacity, the
processing is our constraint. By doubling our processing
capacity for both mills, its feasible we could double our
output. That would mean an annual capacity of around 700,000
net tons," said Jon Noland, division sales manager for American
"Our aim is to have
the new facility online by this time next year," American Steel
Pipe senior engineering project manager Joe Thomas said.
The company also is
undertaking other upgrades at its North Mill, including a new
marking system, steel skelp leveler, weld stand, flying cutoff
and seam annealers.
upgrades and the new processing facility, we will be able to
make pipe far more efficiently than we can now, allowing us to
compete with anyone in the world on lead times for the
highest-quality electric-resistant weld (ERW) steel pipe,"
American Steel Pipe, a
division of Birmingham-based American Cast Iron Pipe Co.,
manufactures ERW line pipe in diameters from 10.75 to 20 inches
at its South Mill and 16 to 24 inches at its North Mill.