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JAN 2018

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nizing and pickling line at its Nucor Steel Gallatin facility in Ghent, Ky. The company said the $176 million project would expand its annual capacity to 500,000 tons. N Mario Longhi stepped down as CEO of U.S. Steel Corp. Da- vid Burritt replaced him as president and CEO. N EVRAZ North America announced it would build a new heat-treat facility at its Red Deer, Alberta, operation. Third Quarter N Norm Gottschalk, the third man to earn Metal Center News' Executive of the Year honor, died at the age of 73. Gottschalk led Butler, Pa.-based pipe and tube specialist Marmon/Key- stone from 1989-2014, overseeing the company's growth from eight to 61 facilities in North America. N A.M. Castle, Oak Brook, Ill., began voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The company had previously filed a prepackaged reorganization plan, with the expectation of com- pleting its restructuring within two months. N Flat-rolled steel specialist Mill Steel opened a new facility in Houston. The 100,000-square-foot operation, which offers slit- ting and cut-to-length, became Mill Steel's sixth facility. N Steel Technologies announced plans to expand its greenfield facility in Smyrna, Tenn., by 80,000 square feet. The expansion houses coil-fed laser blanking capabilities, an advanced combi- nation of coil-fed automation and high-speed laser cutting for surface-sensitive metal blanking. N ArcelorMittal's Long Products Canada commissioned a new finishing line at its bar mill in Longueuil, Quebec. The $27 mil- lion investment increased the company's rolling capacity by 100,000 tons to 500,000. N North America's leading metals groups released a list of priorities for the renegotiated NAFTA agreement. The groups, representing trade associations from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, urged the new deal should include strengthened rules of origin, promotion of trade enforcement and cooperation and enforceable currency rules, among others. N Kloeckner Metals expanded its Greenville, S.C., operations through an $11.3 million investment. The company added 50,000 square feet to its existing facility to house a new high- speed, 84-inch wide slitting line. N Norsk Hydro acquired the remaining 50 percent interest in Sapa from Orkla for $3.3 billion. The acquisition gives the Norwegian company full ownership of the extruded aluminum producer, and expands Hydro's position in the global aluminum industry. N Steel Creek Galvanizing Company LLC announced plans to build a new facility in Cherokee County, S.C. The 82,000-square-foot facility, which will specialize in hot-dipped galvanizing of fabricated steel products, is expected to open in 2018. N Bedrock Industries Group LLC completed the acquisition of the former U.S. Steel Canada operations. The operation has been renamed Stelco Inc., returning the Ontario-steelmaking company to its original name. N Amerinox Processing, Camden, N.J., expanded its opera- 32 ❘ Metal Center News — January 2018 www.metalcenternews.com 20 17 Metals Year in Review The year in steel was dominated by trade talk, most notably discussions about the outlook for the Section 232 investigation being undertaken by the Trump Administration.

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