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CMC expansion boosts US recycled rebar capacity

US steel producer Commercial Metals Company (CMC) has opened a new 5 850 square-metre addition to its facility in Mesa, Arizona.

The expansion allows the firm to create spooled steel rebar from mostly recycled scrap metal. Mesa is the first location in the country to use the company’s electric arc furnace. CMC’s Arizona site started operations in 2009 and acts as an ‘environmentally responsible micro mill’.

Approximately US$ 75 million (EUR 66 million) has been invested in the plant so far, says CMC ceo Barbara Smith. Scaling up the facility created 60 new jobs and more than 260 employees now work on-site. Smith is confident the expansion will notably boost the economy in the East Valley.

At the moment, CMC operates seven electric arc furnace mini mills, two electric arc furnace micro mills, as well as a re-rolling mill in America with a capacity to process almost four million tonnes of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals annually. Its mills can produce around 5.5 million tonnes of finished long steel products.

‘CMC’s commitment to innovation and new technology makes them a leader in the steel production, fabrication and recycling industry,’ says Mesa mayor John Giles.

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