April 29, 2015
Heidtman Steel Commissions New Facility in East Chicago
Heidtman Steel has fully commissioned its newest slitting line in East Chicago, Ind. The facility, which has been in a ramp-up mode, is now in full production.
“We are pleased to have this facility fully online now,” says Tim Berra, president of Toledo, Ohio-based Heidtman. “Despite the difficult steel market, we continue to expand our footprint, and we’re excited to commission such a sophisticated piece of equipment. This positions us well in marketing advanced high-strength steels.”
The 120,000-square-foot building features a new Alcos slitter, designed to process AHSS. This line is capable of slitting material thicknesses from 0.015 inch to 0.250 inch in widths up to 78 inches. It can handle coils weighing up to 70,000 pounds and measuring 84 inches in diameter. It further contains an inline leveler with light- and heavy-gauge capabilities, three slitting heads, X-ray gauge monitoring and a turret recoiler.
“Being a pioneer in marketing high-strength steels, it was a natural progression for us to move into the AHSS arena,” says Scott Carter, Heidtman’s vice president of operations. In addition to AHSS products, the line is able to precision-slit a full range of carbon flat-rolled steel products, including surface-critical HRPO, cold rolled, galvanized, galvannealed and galvalume.
The plant is located adjacent to the Electric Coating Technologies facility, in close proximity to several steel mills and five ports on Lake Michigan. The Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad also serves the facility. “Heidtman chose East Chicago not just because of its mill proximity, but also because it is centrally located to more effectively serve many of our existing markets,” says Troy Swaney, Heidtman’s East Chicago operations manager.