Sources: Commercial Metals Co., Irving, Texas; CP staff
Aiming to offer an alternative to traditional loose-wound coiled rebar, Commercial Metals is ramping up production of hot-rolled spooled product in #3 to #6 sizes at Durant, Okla., and Mesa, Ariz., micro mills—anticipating spring 2018 and 2019 availability.
“Spooled rebar has many advantages that give fabricators a competitive advantage. Traditional coiled rebar’s cooling process inherently causes twisting in the bar. Spooled rebar has a no-twist design, which alleviates the challenges associated with fabricating loose-wound coiled rebar,” explains CMC Executive Vice President, Operations Tracy Porter. “The ability to produce and sell spooled rebar from Oklahoma and Arizona will allow us to reach a broader geographic market. Micro mill technology lends itself well to spooled rebar production and allows us to offer spools from 1.5 to 4.8 tons.”
CMC announced the Arizona and Oklahoma mill investments in November and January 2017, respectively, noting that the new equipment would position the company as the first domestic operator to fabricate spooled rebar.