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NAS to Add 200,000 Tons at Ghent

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North American Stainless will launch a $244-million expansion at its facility in Ghent, Ky. The expansion will add 200,000 tons of capacity, representing 20 percent of its existing production.

“We are proud to lead America’s stainless steel economy, support our national security with our production and create great jobs for our region. Our latest expansion will bring more clean, sustainable and American-made stainless to consumers and directly compete with the subsidized imports of stainless,” said Cristobal Fuentes, NAS CEO. “NAS appreciates the steadfast partnership of Kentucky’s federal, state and local leaders who made [the] announcement possible, including Governor Andy Beshear and Senator McConnell. Our parent company Acerinox – one of the largest producers of stainless in the world – was eager to further invest in Kentucky to demonstrate its commitment to our customers and the U.S. market and because our workforce meets and exceeds all goals every year.”

For its 13th major expansion since 1990, NAS will build a new cold-rolling mill, roll grinders, an extensive upgrade of its annealing and pickling lines to support the new rolling mill, a new temper mill and the expansion of the melt shop building to include a 400-metric ton crane.

The new expansion will grow NAS’ 4.4 million-square-foot facility in Carroll County. NAS offers a full range of stainless flat and long products. Since all of NAS’ production lines are located onsite at its 1,600-acre headquarters, it is able to avoid supply chain and other delays that are common among competitors, the company claims.