Texas-based Commercial Metals Co. will increase its concrete reinforcement bar capacity through a Berkeley County, W.V. greenfield operation, scheduled for late-2025 start up. Dubbed MM4 with a budget upward of $450 million, the plant represents the producer’s fourth micro mill tailored to straight length and spooled rebar, and will have projected annual capacity of 500,000 tons. “West Virginia offers several…Read More
The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Schaumburg, Ill., has released Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for Fabricated Steel Reinforcement Bar, superseding a 2017 declaration. Aware of the increasing interest in transparent reporting of a construction product’s cradle-to-gate environmental performance, CRSI aims to demonstrate members’ sustainability leadership, underscored by their a) output of reinforcing bars of more than 97 percent recycled content, and…Read More
Sources: Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Schaumburg, Ill.; CP staff The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) has released Industry-Wide Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for Fabricated Steel Reinforcement Bar used in reinforced concrete construction, posted here. The document updates a 2017 declaration; averages data from five companies and 19 bar mills, plus 10 fabricators and 17 shops; and, covers product defined by ASTM…Read More
Sources: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.; CP staff One of the first projects at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s (RPI) new Institute for Energy, Built Environment, and Smart Systems centers on innovative, cost-effective hemp processing technologies, leading to development of a conventional concrete rebar alternative. Researchers characterize hemp as yielding some of the plant kingdom’s strongest fiber, matching glass fiber pound for…Read More
Owens Corning Infrastructure Solutions (OCIS) dispatched the first load of domestically produced Mateenbar Fiberglas Rebar in April to the site of an Ohio Department of Transportation project: the Industrial Drive Bridge, Henry County. OCIS is the exclusive North American distributor of the FRP product from Mateenbar USA’s new 130,000-sq.-ft. plant in Concord, N.C. The facility fabricates the lightweight, corrosion resistant…Read More
Sources: Commercial Metals Co., Irving, Texas; CP staff
Through its wholly owned subsidiary CMC Steel Fabricators Inc., Commercial Metals has acquired substantially all of the assets of Irvine, Calif.-based MMFX Technologies Corp., which markets and licenses production of proprietary steel products, including the ChrōmX line of high strength, corrosion-resistant rebar.Read More
Sources: Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio; CP staff
Owens Corning Infrastructure Solutions has acquired Aslan FRP, the concrete reinforcement business of Nebraska-based Hughes Brothers, Inc. Aslan produces and markets glass and carbon FRP (fiber reinforced polymer) products, also known as composite rebar, used to reinforce concrete in new or retrofit projects.Read More
Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.
ASTM A1094/A1094M, Specification for Continuous Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel Bars for Concrete Reinforcement, details corrosion protection for zinc- or zinc alloy-coated rebar. “Galvanizing is a proven and effective way to protect reinforcing bar from corrosion, as it provides both barrier and galvanic protection to the steel substrate, [and] increases the chloride threshold,” says GalvInfo Center Director Gary Dallin.Read More
Sources: KoSteel, Seoul; CP staff
At its first World of Concrete, steel wire rod mild producer KoSteel showed a new take on concrete reinforcement: Bundrex steel fibers, .75-mm (1/32-in.) diameter in 50- or 55-mm sizes (2- or 2.16-in.) with 67-mm (2.66-in.) and 73-mm (2.87-in.) aspect ratios, fabricated in a patent-pending arch design. The company credits the configuration with increasing fibers’ load-carrying capacity in concrete structures up to 20 percent over conventional end hook steel products.