Archive for March 21, 2007

Ellwood Quality Steel sets records and prepares for increased production

Author: vb : 03/21/07

(July 2006) In the second quarter of 2006, Ellwood Quality Steel (EQS) set a daily production record of 34 heats, a weekly record of 204 heats, and a monthly record of 836 heats. The annual ingot production is now estimated to exceed 400,000 NTs for 2006.

In addition, a slightly larger EAF transformer (35/42 MVA) has been ordered and will be installed in the summer of 2007. After required environmental permits are in place, the new equipment should make it possible to increase forging ingot production by another 10 percent.

Ellwood National Steel entering second phase of renovation

Author: mf : 03/21/07

(July 2006) At its recent June meeting, the Board of Directors of Ellwood Group, Inc. approved a project to install a ladle furnace at Ellwood National Steel (ENS) in Irvine, PA. The new equipment will complement the EAF and Tank Degassing unit already in use at the site. The Board?s approval is subject to the issuance of the necessary Title V Air Quality operating permit. The Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection posted the permit application for public comment on June 9, 2006.

Total expenditures for the second phase of the ENS melt shop renovation will be approximately $26 million. Besides the state-of-the art ladle furnace, the equipment list includes a new teeming crane, a new scrap yard crane, an ingot conditioning facility, and any auxiliary support equipment necessary to produce up to 90,000 tons of forging ingots per year, with a two shift off-peak melting operation. The ladle furnace?s target start-up date is June of 2007.