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Tenaris Produces First Bars at Koppel

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Steel production has begun at Tenaris’s first melt shop in the United States in Koppel, Pa. The facility will supply steel bars for its seamless pipe mills in the U.S. and Canada.

The steel shop in Koppel, part of the company’s acquisition of IPSCO, has begun the production of bars after Tenaris invested more than $15 million to integrate the facility into the company’s global network of mills.

“The vertical integration of Tenaris in the U.S., a long-term vision for the company, is now being realized. We are producing steel at our facility, a central component of our domestic industrial system and at a critical time when supply chains are under severe constraints and costs are surging to unprecedented levels,” said Luca Zanotti, Tenaris U.S. president.

The investments included expansion of the mill’s capabilities to produce a wider range of bars. The work included new design of molds for the caster, plus overhaul of existing cranes and the integration of a new production management system and automation upgrades.