CHICAGO Cargill Inc. plans to build its eighth U.S. steel processing center to help meet increasing demand in the manufacturing and shale oil industries.
Construction of a 60,000-square-foot processing and distribution facility in Windsor, Colo., is scheduled to begin soon, the Minneapolis-based company said Jan. 8.
Cargill has a steel depot in Fort Collins, Colo., in an 18,000-square-foot leased facility it retrofitted in 2011, but rapid growth in manufacturing needs, as well as the recent development of regional shale oil, has prompted the need for additional steel.
"By locating in ... the heart of one of the largest oil shale formations in the U.S., Cargill can better serve and bring more value to our customers," Cargill Steel Service Center president Mike Taylor said.
The service center will process hot-rolled steel coil into cut-to-length steel sheet and plate products in thicknesses from 0.054 inch up to half an inch in widths from 48 to 72 inches, shipping to customers in 15 western and Midwest states.
The Windsor facility also will distribute Cargills laser-quality, ultra-flat RPS steel made at its Granite City, Ill., plant and hot-rolled cut-to-length sheet and plate from its Port of Catoosa, Okla., facility.