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Main Steel Investing $2 Million in Buffing Equipment

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Main Steel, a specialty processor and polisher of stainless steel, aluminum, nickel alloy, and titanium products, will invest $2 million in aluminum and stainless buffing equipment at its Elk Grove, Ill., and Harmony, Pa., facilities. This investment will increase supply of buffed aluminum to meet the high demand for product in the region, the company claims.

At its Illinois location, Main Steel will build a new 144-inch by 360-inch aluminum/stainless buff line, expected to be operational by Jan. 1, 2019. The line will incorporate numerous design changes to improve productivity and significantly reduce processing time. The new line will complement the two existing lines at the facility and is expected to double the facility’s buffing capacity.  

The company will also move an existing 84-inch by 288-inch buffing line from its Riverside, Calif., facility to its Harmony operation. This transition is expected to be complete within 90 days.  

“These projects will allow Main Steel to meet the growing demand for buffed products and will significantly reduce lead time for customers in the region,” says David P. Yundt, senior vice president and general manager at Main Steel. “The additional buffing capacity will be strategically located in the regions where aluminum buffing is in high-demand and increased capacity is needed.”

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