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Fagor to Outfit New ThyssenKrupp Plant in Alabama

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC of Mobile, AL, awarded Spanish equipment supplier Fagor Arrasate a contract to construct a pair of inspection and slitting lines to process cold-rolled steel, and a third hot-rolled slitting line for the new ThyssenKrupp steel-processing plant planned for Calvert, AL. Installations should begin in 2009; the plant is slated to open in 2010. The Fagor inspection and slitting lines, rated to 500 m/min., will include laser welding, inspection cabins, electrostatic oilers, dimensional measurement capabilities and integrated controls with full monitoring, telediagnosis, production-control and coil-tracking capabilities. The hot-strip slitting line will process steel to 6.5 mm thick and 1870 mm wide, with a maximum line speed of 300 m/min. Fagor, which operates Fagor Arrasate USA, Inc., in Bensenville, IL, is online at

Unist Under New Ownership, Keeps it All in the Family

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Lubrication-system manufacturer Unist, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, has transitioned to new ownership, as Chuck Boelkins has purchased the company from his father, Wally. Wally Boelkins had been the company’s sole owner since he acquired the business, then called Uni-Mist, in 1968. Learn more at

Rollforming Companies Unite

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Roll Forming Corp. (RFC), Shelbyville, KY, has acquired Sharon Custom Metal Forming (SCMF), Farrell, PA, a supplier of custom rollformed and welded shapes. RFC is a member of the Profilform Division of voestalpine AG, Krems, Austria, and operates rollforming facilities in Shelbyville and in Jefferson, IN. SCMF, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, employs more than 50 and has annual sales of $20 million. RFC, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, employs 250 and has annual sales in excess of $70 million. More at


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