Oct. 29, 2014
Samuel to Open Automotive Facility in Tennessee
Canada's Samuel, Son & Co., Ltd., plans to open a new processing center in the southern U.S. to serve the needs of both automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. The new facility in Columbia, Tenn., will deliver capacity and capabilities beyond any other in the region, the company claims.
"As part of our company's increasing commitment to the North American metals marketplace, we will begin the construction of a new state-of-the-art metal service center in Columbia," says Bill Chisholm, president and CEO. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by July 1, 2015.
Specifically designed to support the growing automotive market in the region, this new facility will house a world-class hybrid automotive blanking line with a width capability up to 80.7 inches. The line will be further enhanced with the ability to inspect, clean, level and lubricate sheet, and will be able to produce rectangular, chevrons and other custom shapes. It will be designed to handle new-generation advanced high-strength steels and Class A exposed product in both steel and aluminum. In addition, Samuel will install a new 84-inch slitter with the capability to apply lubricants, inspect Class A surfaces and slit advanced high-strength steels.
The greenfield facility will initially consist of 105,000 square feet on a 30-acre site with rail access. The entire storage and production area will be environmentally controlled to maximize product quality.
"This additional capacity shows our commitment to the automotive market," says Chisholm. "Our customers have grown to expect a lot from Samuel. This investment allows us to step up and deliver the service and quality our customers require for their current and future business needs."