Contact: Mike Kruse
Heidtman Steel Products, Inc.
Vice President, Marketing and Sales Administration
Heidtman Steel Planning to Build Continuous Annealing Facility
Toledo, Ohio - May 10, 2007 - Heidtman Steel Products Inc. - an industry
leader in steel sales and processing with direct and joint venture production
facilities totaling over two million square feet and serving over 1,200
customers in a variety of industries - is finalizing plans to construct a new
continuous annealing (CAL) facility. "We have completed a lengthy study and are
moving forward with our plans to construct this facility" states John
Dillingham, Heidtman's Director of Technical Services for Automotive Products.
The facility will be capable of producing advanced (AHSS) and ultra high
strength steels (UHSS) including martensitic grades. With a capacity of 500,000
short tons per year, it will produce material thicknesses from .015" to .090"
(.4 to 2.3mm) to a maximum width of 65" (1651mm).
According to John Bates, Chief Executive Officer of Heidtman, "Our plan to
build a new continuous annealing facility is a natural progression with higher
strength steels, and reinforces our brand as the high strength experts. It also
underscores our commitment to our customers to remain at the cutting edge of
technology. We see an emerging growth in demand for these products, especially
in the automotive market."
Heidtman is looking at several Midwest locations for this project which will
cost approximately $225,000,000 including downstream processing equipment. It is
estimated the project will create 200 jobs. Putting an emphasis on logistical
advantages, Heidtman is looking primarily at sites in Ohio, Michigan and
Indiana, but has not ruled out other locations including the southern U.S. due
to the growing number of automotive plants in that region.
About Heidtman Steel
Headquarted in Toledo, Ohio, Heidtman Steel Products is a world leader in
marketing flat-rolled carbon steel products sold through its 15 state-of-the-art
processing facilities. Noted for their expertise in high strength steels,
Heidtman processes nearly five million tons of steel annually through its wholly
owned facilities and joint ventures. Its products are distributed to a variety
of industries including automotive, heavy truck, construction, pipe and tube,
metal building, appliance, and furniture. For more information on Heidtman
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