Irving, Texas-based Commercial Metals Co. 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.
|Underscoring efficiencies associated with the spooled rebar shown here, CMC notes how traditional coiled product is prone to twisting, resulting in straightening and bending machine feeding difficulties; de-coiling tangles; unstable stacking; and, varying linear feet totals from one coil to the next. PHOTO: Commercial Metals|
“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 Oklahoma and Arizona mill investments in January and November 2017, positioning the company as the first domestic operator to fabricate spooled rebar. Along with the new products, both facilities will offer straight-length concrete reinforcements.
NUCOR BUDGETS $250M FOR MISSOURI REBAR MILL
Following a Missouri Development Finance Board nod, Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor Corp. has confirmed plans for a micro rebar steel mill in Sedalia, Mo. Located about 90 miles east of Kansas City and close to the Interstate 70 corridor, the facility is scheduled for 2019 start up pending award of state and local incentives and permits, plus regulatory approvals.
“This project is consistent with our long-term strategy for profitable growth and builds on our position as a low-cost producer,” says Nucor Chairman John Ferriola. “Strategically positioning this micro mill in the Kansas City area will give us a sustained cost advantage over other domestic steel producers supplying rebar from outside the region.”
Rebar for the Kansas City, upper Midwest and Great Plains markets currently travels long distances, he notes, giving the Sedalia operation a logistical edge coupled with the availability of raw material from Nucor’s nearby scrap steel business, David J. Joseph Co. The micro mill project represents at least $250 million in new investments and is expected to create 450 temporary construction and 250-plus full-time jobs.
“Bar mills have been the foundation of our company, and we believe strategically supplying underserved markets will allow our bar business to continue to generate significant value in the future,” observes Nucor Executive Vice President of Merchant and Rebar Products Dave Sumoski. On the heels of the Missouri project, he adds, the company is eyeing development of an additional micro mill in the Southeast.