NLMK Pennsylvania is the largest plant within NLMK USA. NLMK Pennsylvania operates as a conversion mill, turning slabs into hot-rolled and cold-rolled coils. NLMK Pennsylvania is a prime supplier of hot rolled, hot rolled pickle & oil, cold rolled, specialty high carbon and alloy products, hot dip galvanized and galvannealed products. NLMK Pennsylvania offers both EAF and integrated melt material, ranging from 1001 through 1095 grades and specialty alloy products.
Hot Rolled Pickle & Oil
High Carbon & Alloy Cold Rolled
NLMK to Invest $80 Million to Upgrade Farrell Plant
FARRELL, Pa. – NLMK Group, the largest steelmaker in Russia, says it plans to spend $80 million on a major upgrade at its plant here on Roemer Boulevard.
The Russian steelmaker announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase processing equipment needed for the construction of a new walking-beam reheating furnace at the plant. The new equipment would help streamline the slab-heating process and replace three outdated pusher-type furnaces that currently operate there.
“The construction of the new furnace is a major project for NLMK Pennsylvania aimed to bolster the market presence of the company,” said Bob Miller, CEO of NLMK USA. “It will improve the quality of hot-rolled steel by eliminating slab surface defects, which are characteristic of pusher-type furnaces. In addition, there will be an approximate 45% decrease in natural gas consumption as well as a reduced emission rate.”
By Viktor Macha in 2005.
Plant facts and figures
The plant have an annual capacity of 1700000 tons.
The following processes are conducted in the plant:
- Steel making
- Rolling mill
This plant produces the following type of products:
The longest surviving fragment of steel production in the central part of the Shenango Valley is the hot strip mill in Farrell.
The history of heavy industry began here in 1840 with the construction of the first “Clay Furnace” by industrialist Vincent Himrod. In 1890 the production is taken over by family Buhl who established two more iron smelting works. New job opportunities attracted hundreds of new workers soon and the original settlement was formed into a town named after the President of the United States Steel Corp. – Farrell.
In 1900 the old mills were merged into Sharon Steel Corportation. Modern blast furnaces together with open hearth steel making shop, blooming mill and a series of rolling mills grown quickly.
In 1906 the company built and operated the first continuous pickling and galvanizing unit ever built the USA.
Depression of the 30´s was replaced sharp production increase during World War II. Then Sharon Steel became part of United States Steel Corp., in 1963 new hot strip mill was put into operation.
Like many other works in late 80´s also the Sharon mill encountered serious financial problems. The blast furnace were cooled down and demolished in 1995. The hot strip mill was bought by Duferco four years later and it is operated by NLMK since 2011 until today.