Steel Technologies building second Tenn. plant

Steel Technologies building second Tenn. plant

NEW YORK — Steel Technologies LLC is building an $18-million flat-rolled steel and aluminum processing plant for automotive applications in Tennessee, its
second in the state.

Construction on the 83,000-square-foot facility in Smyrna, Tenn., will begin in the middle of the summer and be completed by the first quarter of 2017, according to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD).

The plant will house a slitting line and a 1,000-ton blanking press operated by 50 new employees.

“This new greenfield operation expands our exposed and unexposed automotive slitting and blanking capabilities,” Steel Technologies vice president for operations
Randall Patterson said in a statement. The Smyrna facility will “handle both steel and aluminum as we continue to deliver greater value and services to our strategic customers in the area.”

The Louisville, Ky.-based steel processor already operates a facility in the same county, in Murfreesboro, with 87 employees.

“We appreciate Steel Technologies for choosing to expand its Rutherford County footprint and create new jobs for Tennessee,” ECD commissioner Randy Boyd said in
the statement.

The company could not be reached for further comment, and the ECD did not respond to a request for comment.

Steel Technologies—a processor of flat-rolled steel and other materials for the automotive, appliance, agriculture and construction industries—is also expanding its Woodstock, Ontario, plant to process lightweight materials like aluminum and advanced high-strength steel (amm.com, March 15).

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