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Roadrunner Steel installing new slitter at Arizona plant

Keywords: Tags  Roadrunner Steel, Performance Steel, Braner/Loopco, steel slitter, Jim Russell, steel processor, steel distributor, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Roadrunner Steel Inc. plans to install a slitting line at its processing and distribution facility in Glendale, Ariz., vice president Jim Russell said.

Phoenix-based Roadrunner processes coils for sister company Performance Steel Inc., Las Vegas, and other customers. Russell is also a vice president of Performance Steel.

The Braner/Loopco 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 inches.

Roadrunner will replace its existing slitter after it completes its expansion at the Glendale plant, probably in June. The move, originally expected in October (, 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.

Roadrunner’s 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 said.

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.

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