Outokumpu Invests $7 Million in New Bar Heat Treating Facility

 Outokumpu High Performance Stainless Bar announces the investment in a new bar heat treating facility at the Richburg, S.C., mill.

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 Outokumpu High Performance Stainless Bar announces the investment in a new bar heat treating facility at the Richburg, S.C., mill. The $7 million investment, approved last year, includes the purchase of two furnaces for high and low temperature work. The expansion also includes specialty straightening, cutting and testing capabilities.

“Our customers should benefit from shorter and more reliable leadtimes and better quality as a result of the in-house heat treating capabilities,” says Lou Kern, Outokumpu’s senior vice president for bar in the Americas. Demand for high performance stainless steel, particularly 17-4, has been good, and demand for Outokumpu’s specialty duplex alloys is also growing.