Roadrunner Steel Inc. plans to install a slitting line at its
processing and distribution facility in Glendale, Ariz., vice
president Jim Russell said.
Roadrunner processes coils for sister company Performance Steel
Inc., Las Vegas, and other customers. Russell is also a vice
president of Performance Steel.
slitter, whose features will include variable strip tensioning
and laser-aided coil alignment, will have the capacity to
process coated and bare 60,000-pound steel coils in thicknesses
from 0.015 inch through ¼ inch and widths up to 72
replace its existing slitter after it completes its expansion
at the Glendale plant, probably in June. The move, originally
expected in October (
amm.com, May 22), has been pushed back due to lead
time considerations, Russell said. The new slitter will
eventually replace a slitter that processes 45,000-ton coils
with a thickness limit of ₃/₁₆ inch and a
width of 60 inches.
72-inch leveler should be moved to the new facility and be
operating in late February, with the company intending to run
duel plants for about four months until the new slitter is
ready in Glendale, avoiding slitting downtime, Russell
Phoenix is now seeing
a recovering solar energy market that should be "viable" for
the next five to 10 years, Russell said. This requires coated
sheet, as well as some heavier-gauge hot-rolled pickled and
oiled sheet. Roadrunner will be able to run the thicker sheet
more efficiently on the new slitter, which has greater "pull
power," Russell said.