June 10, 2015
TWB Opening New Facility in Tennessee
TWB Company, a leading supplier of tailor-welded blanks, is opening a new facility in Nashville, Tenn. The facility will include next generation fiber lasers and curvilinear welding technology, expanding TWB’s 2D welding capabilities.
The use of tailor-welded blanks has grown in recent years as automakers lighten vehicles to improve their fuel economy. Laser welded blanks are made from welding steel blanks of various thicknesses and grades together to form a tailored blank that is then stamped into automotive body panels.
“We are committed to providing meaningful solutions to our customers, and they’re rewarding us with more business,” says Geoff Gilmore, president of Worthington Industries Steel Processing. “Our tailor-welded products are helping automakers reduce the weight of vehicles with new, lighter and stronger material choices for car parts.”
“The market for tailor-welded blanks continues to grow and TWB’s capabilities are growing with it,” said Ivan Meltzer, president of TWB Company. “We are continually pushing the technology to allow more uses of the product across all vehicle lines. This new Tennessee facility provides capacity to further serve automakers and Tier 1 automotive suppliers in the South.”
The 120,000-square-foot Nashville facility will have about 45 employees and will initially serve General Motors, Nissan and several Tier 1 automotive suppliers. Production is expected to begin by October. The new facility is TWB’s ninth in North America. TWB Company is a joint venture of Worthington Industries and Wuhan Iron and Steel Co.