July 22, 2015
American Steel Pipe Doubles Capacity
American Steel Pipe, a division of American Cast Iron Pipe Co., has completed a new, 150,000-square-foot steel pipe processing facility at its location in Birmingham, Ala. The $70 million facility was built to double American’s processing capacity to 700,000 tons.
American Steel Pipe manufactures electric-resistance-welded steel pipe in diameters from 10.75 to 24 inches and in lengths up to 80 feet.
“It is two times the size, two times the capacity and much more,” says Jon Noland, division sales manager for American Steel Pipe. “This expansion builds on American’s commitment to produce the highest quality steel pipe.”
The new processing facility houses new pipe finishing technology, including two hydrotesters and ultrasonic testing machines. The facility also features advanced traceability.
“Each pipe is weighed, measured, stenciled and barcoded for complete identification and traceability,” says Steel Pipe Superintendent Al Schneider. “Pipe characteristics, such as hydrotest results, steel coil vendor and chemistry of the steel, are verified against database order information before pipe is released for shipment.”
In addition, American Steel Pipe’s new facility contains numerous safety enhancements including a chain conveyor to move pipe through the facility and an underground pit to collect beveller shavings. The company also made upgrades to its 24-inch mill, including a steel skelp leveler, weld stand, seam annealers, flying cut-off and a new marking system.