ArcelorMittal Opens Tailored Blank Facility in Detroit
By Metal Center News Staff
on Feb 28, 2018
ArcelorMittal has opened its newest manufacturing operation, ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks. The $83 million facility is located in Detroit’s I-94 Industrial Park.
The facility produces steel-laser welded blanks stamped and assembled into a variety of parts for the automotive market. Products made from the blanks include structural rails, door rings, door pillars, door inners and cowl sides.
“ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks serves as an important bridge between the advanced steels our parent company produces and the solutions our customers demand,” says Todd Baker, president of ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks America. “Ten years ago, we had two tailored blank operations in the Americas; today we have nine facilities producing over 15 million welded blanks per year. Our growth confirms the value our technology brings to our customers, delivering the optimal balance of cost, weight and performance in structural car parts.”
During its first year of operation, ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Detroit will have substantial open floor space, providing a sustainable location that can accommodate the anticipated market growth expected over the next five years. The facility employs more than 80 now and will expand to approximately 120 by 2023.