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Gerdau completes $4 million baghouse upgrade at Jackson, Michigan mill
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New baghouse upgrade part of company’s ongoing capital investment plan
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Gerdau, one of the world’s largest suppliers of special steel and the leading producer of long steel in the Americas, recently spent $4 million to increase the efficiency of its baghouse system at its North American special steel facility in Jackson, Mich.
This investment included modernizing the existing fans in the baghouse to make them more efficient; the replacement of a reverse air fan that cleans out the baghouse; installation of larger duct work for increased capacity; and the replacement of all filter bags. With this upgrade, the Jackson mill has achieved 0% opacity, meaning that no visible particulates are released into the environment. The government allows for 6% opacity (visible emissions).
“This project supports and reinforces Gerdau’s commitment to economic, social, and environmental sustainability,” says Jack Finlayson, president of Gerdau Special Steel North America.
The Jackson mill upgrade is part of Gerdau’s ongoing capital investment program that was announced in May 2010 to expand and improve the company’s special bar quality (SBQ) steel manufacturing operations in North America. Gerdau’s Monroe, Mich. mill has also received capital investments that will bring its production capacity to more than 800,000 short tons per year.
The Jackson mill is scheduled to receive an additional $1.1 million to upgrade its induction heating system in the beginning of July this year.
Gerdau Special Steel North America is an engineered steel bar producer headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, with world-class steel manufacturing plants in Jackson and Monroe, Michigan and Fort Smith, Arkansas and steel processing plants in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio. The company produces special bar quality (SBQ) carbon and alloy hot rolled and bright cold finished steel bar products.
Gerdau is a leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world. With over 45,000 employees, it has industrial operations in 14 countries - in the Americas, Europe and Asia - which together represent an installed capacity of over 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world it transforms, each year, millions of metric tons of scrap into steel, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development in the regions where it operates. With more than 140,000 shareholders, the Company is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York and Madrid.
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