18 January 2012

Severstal North America Launches 2nd Hot Dip Galvanizing Line and Completes Phase 2 Expansion at Columbus plant

Severstal North America, one of the largest US-based steel producers and a wholly-owned subsidiary of OAO Severstal, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and mining companies, announced the launch of its new, second Hot Dip Galvanizing Line (HDGL2) in Columbus, Miss. The new line has a designed annual capacity of 540,000 metric tonnes (600,000 net tons) of hot rolled and cold rolled galvanized products. Capable of galvanizing product up to 72” wide with a gauge range of up to 0.125”, the line will target applications for construction, infrastructure and culvert markets.

The start-up of HDGL2 complements the recent launches of the 2nd EAF primary strand and Push Pull Pickle Line and completes the $550 million Phase II expansion project at the Columbus plant, effectively increasing annual steel capacity to 3.1 million metric tons (3.4 million net tons) and galvanizing capacity will double to 1 million metric tonnes (1.1 million net tons).