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Zekelman to Build New ERW Tube Mill

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Zekelman Industries will construct a new tube mill. The company claimed it will become the world’s largest continuous ERW tube mill.

The mill will be capable of producing hollow structural sections with a size range of 8-inch square with a 0.75-inch wall up to 22-inch square with a 1-inch wall.

Atlas Tube, a division of Zekelman Industries, will produce square, rectangular and round structural sections for the mill. The largest rectangular section will be 34 inches by 10 inches with a 1-inch wall, and the largest round section will be 28-inch OD with a 1-inch wall.

The mill will produce material to meet or exceed ASTM A500, ASTM A1085, CSA G40 and ASTM A252. It will be the first time ERW sections above 16-inch square will be available domestically, the company claimed.

“At Zekelman, we continue with our long-standing goal of creating, not waiting for, the future,” said Barry Zekelman, CEO of Zekelman Industries.

The mill will also be engineered to allow for full change-over times of less than 60 minutes, as well as special forming and sizing technology for precise dimensional tolerance. Zekelman Industries has selected SMS as the supplier for the mill, Kusakabe for the milling cut-off, and Mair for the material handling and packaging line.

The total project investment is more than $150. The investment is a firm vote of confidence in U.S. manufacturing and the future growth of the steel industry in America, executives said.  

Zekelman said the new mill will greatly increase the range of HSS products available to the North American market and will help grow the use of all steel products in the nonresidential construction market. Startup of the new mill is scheduled for September 2021.

“Over the past few years, we have seen the increasing need for larger, domestically produced HSS in the bridge, transportation and building markets,” said Tom Muth, president of Atlas Tube. “Also, HSS with thicker walls that meet the more stringent width-to-thickness ratio requirements of the AISC Seismic Provisions are in greater demand for lateral bracing systems.”

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