Steel Firm Builds New Paint Line Facility


Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI), reported to be the fifth largest producer of carbon steel products in United States, has broken ground on its new $100 million paint line and Galvalume facility in Columbus, MS.

The project, originally announced in May 2015, is expected to be complete and ready for operation during the first quarter of 2017, the Mississippi Governor’s Office announced, Jan. 25, the day of the groundbreaking ceremony. The site is projected to create 40 jobs.

“We are happy to report that the project is on schedule,” Steel Dynamics CEO Mark Millett said during the ceremony. “Major equipment has been ordered and we expect to ramp-up hiring at the end of the second quarter 2016.”

“Today is an historic day for Columbus and Lowndes County as SDI breaks ground on its new paint facility,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “Once complete, this significant capital investment and the jobs it is creating will have a tremendous effect on the local economy and the entire region.”

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) provided assistance in support of the project for infrastructure improvements, rail construction and workforce training. The Tennessee Valley Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission and Lowndes County Board of Supervisors assisted with the project as well.

Value-Added Steel Products

SDI’s Columbus location, the Flat Roll Group Columbus Division, was acquired from Severstal North America in September 2014 in a deal that increased SDI’s steel operations shipping capacity to 11 million tons per year.

The facility produces sheet steel products consisting of hot roll, cold roll and coated steel products. The addition of the paint line and Galvalume capabilities will allow SDI to produce additional value-added steel products at the Columbus location.

The paint line is reported to be the most significant portion of the expansion with an annual coating capacity of 250,000 tons.

“With the Paint Line and Galvalume facilities,” Millett explained, “our Columbus Division will supply steel in widths up to 72 inches to serve our current and new customers in the South and Mexico that manufacture building panels, roofs, garage doors, air conditioners, heating furnaces, electrical fixtures and appliances.”

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The new paint line is reported to be the most significant portion of the expansion with an annual coating capacity of 250,000 tons.

Situated on a 1,400-acre site, the facility is a cutting-edge, high-tech electric arc furnace mini-mill capable of producing 3.4 million tons of steel annually. The plant covers 1.8 million square feet and features state-of-the-art steel manufacturing capabilities, including two electric arc furnaces, two ladle metallurgy furnaces, two vacuum degassers, two thin slab casters, a hot strip mill, pickle lines, an annealing line, a temper mill, two hot-dipped galvanizing lines, and a rewind/inspection line.

The Columbus Division is currently the most technologically advanced EAF facility in North America, according to the company.

About the Company

SDI, founded in 1993 and headquartered in Fort Wayne, IN, says it is one of the largest domestic steel producers and metals recyclers in the United States based on estimated annual steelmaking and metals recycling capability.

Its reporting segments are comprised of its steel operations, metals recycling and ferrous resources, and fabrication.

Its steelmaking operations consist of mills, producing steel from steel scrap using electric arc furnaces, continuous casting, automated rolling mills, and downstream finishing facilities. This segment accounts for over 60 percent of the company’s external net sales.

The steel products it manufacture include high-quality sheet and long products, and are used in a wide variety of end markets, such as automotive, construction, manufacturing and energy.

New Millennium Building Systems, the company’s fabrication operation, produces trusses, girders, steel joist and steel decking products used in the building industry. Customers include nonresidential steel fabricators, metal building companies, general construction contractors, developers, brokers and government entities.

The company’s Flat Roll Division, based in Butler, IN, is the only fully integrated mill operation in North America to paint its own products. At two sites it operates state-of-the-art coil-coating lines with a combined annual capacity of nearly 500,000 tons.

SDI is the only steelmaker in North America to offer Galvalume, acrylic-coated Galvalume, and acrylic-coated galvanized in double-wide dimensions (up to 61 inches), providing a more efficient way to roll-form standing-seam roofing panels.


Tagged categories: Coating Application; Coatings; Galvanized steel; North America; Steel; Steel Dynamics Inc.; Structural steel

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