ThyssenKrupp Stainless USA officially fired up its final production line. The Melt Shop is the last in a series of stainless steel manufacturing processes the company has brought online over the last three years to serve its customers in the North American Market. The official startup of the Melt Shop occurred today on the second anniversary of the Calvert, Ala., production site’s official grand opening in December 2010, fulfilling the site’s capabilities as a fully integrated stainless steel manufacturing facility.
The site now manufactures throughout the full life cycle of stainless steel, from “cradle to grave,” by reclaiming and melting scrap metal into molten material, casting it into slabs, hot rolling it into coils, annealing and pickling the coils, cold rolling the material for strength and thickness, and finishing it according to the specifications of its North American customers. The company first launched its production at the new Calvert site in September 2009 serving customers by finishing products in varying stages of the production process and working backwards until the official completion of the Melt Shop today.