Steel Dynamics, Inc. opened the company’s steel sheet products-paint manufacturing facility, situated 69 miles south of Tupelo and 59 miles east of Tuscaloos, in Columbus, Mississippi.
The $100 million plant that created more than 40 jobs, produces sheet steel products consisting of hot roll, cold roll and coated steel products. The company’s new paint line and Galvalume capabilities allow SDI to expand their value-added product portfolio.
According to state officials, SDI’s Columbus Division, acquired from Severstal North America in 2014, is the most technologically advanced electric arc furnace steel mini-mill in North America. The facility’s new paint line has an annual coating capacity of 250,000 tons.
“The Paint Line project will improve the Columbus Flat Roll Division’s competitiveness and sustainability in our steel markets,” said Madhu Ranade, Vice President & General Manager of Steel Dynamics, Flat Roll Group, Columbus Division. “We’re grateful to the state of Mississippi, MDA, Lowndes County, TVA and ARC for their continued partnership as we expand in Columbus.”
Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance for infrastructure improvements, rail construction and workforce training. The Tennessee Valley Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission and the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors also provided assistance for the project.
“Sustainable growth in economic development is achievable in our state when all levels of government work together to create a business environment in which companies can achieve their goals,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “MDA congratulates SDI and our partners at the Golden Triangle Development LINK, Lowndes County, TVA, ARC and the Lowndes County Industrial Development Authority on this momentous occasion.”
“The opening of this new paint facility is a significant milestone for Steel Dynamics and the people of the Golden Triangle region, as it represents the company’s commitment to doing business in Lowndes County and creating jobs for the area’s workforce,” Governor Phil Bryant said.