Framing Nearly Built for $60M EQS Expansion

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – An aerial view of the construction project at Ellwood Quality Steels here shows the $60 million expansion is rapidly taking shape. The photo, provided by the general contractor, Lee Michael Industries, shows the frame of the building is being put in place.

Ellwood Quality Steels is building an 110,000-square-foot addition to its New Castle plant in order to house new arc remelting and electroslag remelting processes. The expansion would add another 25 hourly workers and 10 upper-level positions such as managers and quality-control engineers.

The building will house equipment for two methods of purifying steel – vacuum arc remelting and electroslag remelting – that Ellwood has in the past done through third parties, noted Ellwood Quality Steels President Mike Morgus at the groundbreaking in April.  “[For vacuum arc remelting] if you melt the scrap and solidify it, to further purify it, you melt it again under a vacuum in a special furnace that melts it a drop at a time. It’s a very controlled environment,” he explained.

The building is expected to be completed by year-end. It will take about 100 skilled tradesmen to complete the job.

EQS manufactures carbon and low alloy steel ingots and is a subsidiary of Ellwood Group Inc. The company was formed in 1910 and produces steel used in the oil and gas, railroad, automotive, power generation, mining and aerospace industries.

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