North American Stainless (NAS) and its parent company, Spain-based Acerinox, celebrated the one-year mark since the company announced a $244 million expansion at its Carroll County facility, a project creating 70 full-time jobs.
“Metals is an ever-growing sector in Kentucky and one that touches every other industry,” said Gov. Beshear. “North American Stainless is a largest producer of stainless steel in the United States, and I’m excited to join them today in celebrating this great milestone. I want to thank NAS leadership for continuing to put their faith in the commonwealth and our talented workforce. The company has grown at an incredible rate, and I look forward to seeing that growth continue in the coming years.”
The expansion to the company’s 4.4 million-square-foot Ghent facility consists of a new cold rolling mill, new roll grinders, extensive upgrades of anneal and pickling lines to support the new rolling mill, a new temper mill and the expansion of the melt shop building. The expansion presents NAS with the opportunity to counter subsidized imports. The project also increases NAS’ annual total production capacity.
All major equipment for the expansion – including the melt shop crane, cold rolling mill, roll grinders and skin pass mill – have been contracted with the equipment in fabrication.
The building foundation construction is underway for the melt shop and excavation for the cold rolling mill foundations is underway. Site preparation for the skin pass mill has also been completed.
“We are thrilled to celebrate this expansion of our facility, a testament to our commitment to sustainability, economic growth in Kentucky and supporting our national security,” said North American Stainless CEO Cristobal Fuentes. “NAS would like to extend its gratitude to Gov. Beshear, state, federal and local officials for their partnership in making this expansion a reality. North American Stainless is proud to call Kentucky home. This expansion not only bolsters our capacity to provide consumers with sustainable, American-made stainless steel, but also positions us to compete effectively against subsidized imports of stainless steel.”
“This $244 million investment allows us to reinforce the circular economy, an area in which we serve as a role model, by adding new digital solutions to process the increased demand of stainless steel with improved productivity and efficiency,” said Acerinox CEO Bernardo Velázquez Herreros. “We are proud to invest further in our Kentucky factory North American Stainless, as it has established itself as a market leader both in the United States and across North America. At Acerinox, we are grateful to participate in the benefits of the commonwealth’s leadership and robust economic development.”
As part of the Acerinox Group of companies, NAS is a Delaware general partnership with Stainless Steel Invest Inc. as its managing general partner. NAS is situated on 1,600 acres in Carroll County. Founded in 1990, the company has become the largest fully integrated stainless steel producer in the United States and remains focused on being the leading producer of high-quality stainless steel in the Western Hemisphere.
NAS offers a full range of stainless flat including slabs, billets, plate, sheet and strip, as well as long products including wire, rods, angles and rebar. All of NAS’ production lines are located at one site, which allows the company to avoid inherent delays that are common in mills.
In 2016, NAS was awarded the Corporate Investment & Community Impact (CiCi) Award from Trade & Industry Development magazine for a $150 million expansion in Carroll County that created 36 full-time jobs.
Carroll County Judge/Executive David Wilhoite spoke on the economic impact NAS has had on the county: “North American Stainless has played a vital role in the economic growth of Carroll County over the years. Investing over $3 billion in the local community and creating over 1,500 jobs for the region, North American Stainless is a cornerstone of Carroll County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We are excited about the expansion and look forward to working with NAS in the future.”
Ghent Mayor Jimmy Lewellyn talked about the job creation the expansion is bringing: “The North American Stainless expansion is an excellent addition to our county and region. It will supply additional, well-paying jobs and improve our citizen’s overall quality of life.”
Carrollton Mayor Robb Adams congratulated NAS on the project: “On behalf of the city of Carrollton, I would like to congratulate North American Stainless on their upcoming expansion. Our relationship with local industries is very important to Carrollton and it continues to shape who we are as a city and community. As a community we continue to see the positive impacts of our industrial partners.”
Donny Kauffman, president of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, mentioned NAS’ impact on the community: “North American Stainless has proven to be a vital part of our community. The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is excited about the new expansion and all the possibilities it brings to the business community.”
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