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Kloeckner Metals Plans Metals Processing Center in Calvert, Alabama

06/18/2012
Kloeckner Metals, a distributor of steel and nonferrous metals , plans to build an $18 million, 100,000-square-foot, light gauge, flat-rolled, processing center on a green field site at ThyssenKrupp's' state-of-the-art carbon flat rolled mill in Calvert, Alabama.

The service center, located in the extreme northeast corner of Mobile County near the Tombigbee River, along U.S. Route 43, will initially offer slitting, and will eventually expand to include cut-to-length, and multi-blanking. Along with construction, Kloeckner will focus on developing a first-rate workforce to operate the facility, initially hiring approximately 40 people.

"The focus of this facility will be three-fold: growth of our traditional value-added flat-rolled business, entry into the value-added automotive processing business and toll-processing for the mill," said Russ Delaney, President of the Flat Rolled Group for Kloeckner Metals.

The newly constructed processing center can be expanded to over 400,000 square feet, which will then require the hiring of additional workers. When completed it will be the second Kloeckner Metals location in Alabama. The company currently operates a 78,000 square foot general line service center in Bessemer, Alabama, part of the company's Heavy Carbon Group.

"This expansion in flat rolled processing capabilities represents a continuation of Kloeckner Metals' commitment to our customers in the region, as well as our overall strategy to meet the growing demand for processed flat rolled products in the Southeast," said Bill Partalis, Chief Executive Officer of Kloeckner Metals. "It is our intention to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2013."

As an incentive, the state and Mobile County Industrial Development Authority approved property and sales tax abatements to help the firm with its expansion plans.

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