The Timken Company to Invest $50 Million in its Ohio Steel Operations
The Timken Company to Invest $50 Million in Its Ohio Steel Operations
The Timken Company is to invest approximately $50 million in its steel operations in Canton, Ohio. The company says the investment is for the installation of a new intermediate finishing line at the Gambrinus Steel Plant and expansion of the steel lay-down yard at the Harrison Steel Plant’s small-bar mill.
Timken’s Steel Group produces some of the cleanest, highest-quality steels in the world for the most demanding applications. The majority of steel manufactured by Timken is custom melted to the customer’s chemistry and manufacturing specifications in solid round or square bars, seamless tubes or semi-finished parts. It has had a significant increase in demand across all markets, and 2010 sales are expected to increase by 70 to 80 percent compared to 2009. "The investments have the goal of both meeting demand and continuing to improve the long-term competitiveness of our operations," said Sal Miraglia, president – steel for Timken.
Gambrinus Steel Plant Intermediate Finishing Line
The installation of a new intermediate finishing line at the Gambrinus Steel Plant, the larger of the two projects, will improve manufacturing competitiveness with a more efficient operation that incorporates the latest technologies and employs lean processes. It will be built in a combination of unused and repurposed buildings on the Gambrinus site. The line, which will more efficiently handle both bar and tube products, ultimately will replace existing batch-type finishing processes at the plant when it is fully operational in 2013.
"The more automated, continuous line will streamline our operations, improving manufacturing effectiveness as well as providing future marketplace opportunities," said Miraglia. "Safety and productivity will also improve, by minimizing unnecessary handling."
Harrison Small-Bar Mill Lay-Down Yard
The small-bar mill at the Harrison facility, which opened in 2008, continues to increase its output in response to demand, requiring additional space in the laydown yard outside the mill for both finished and semifinished steel.
Over the past four years, the company has invested $200 million into its steel operations to strengthen its competitive position, and ultimately support long-term growth and jobs. Those investments include two new heat-treat lines and a scrap logistics system added between 2006 and 2007, a long-length tube line added in 2008 and a new small bar mill, which was commissioned at the Harrison facility in 2008.