Gerdau Special Steel North America is an engineered steel bar manufacturer that produces special bar quality (SBQ) carbon and alloy hot-rolled and bright cold finished steel bar products for a variety of applications, including the auto industry. As part of a multi-year, $215 million expansion of the Monroe facility, IPS was contracted to replace the reheating furnace and rolling mill in an effort to boost product quality and productivity.
The scope of work involved installation of: walking beams, cooling water, CA, natural gas, combustion air, hydraulics, valve benches, pumps, tanks, grease piping, nitrogen, scale water piping, and gas vent piping. In addition, IPS extended the plant utility mains.
Materials and equipment to be installed was purchased directly from the customer, and delivery delays threatened to put the project behind schedule. IPS worked multiple shifts and on weekends in order to meet the aggressive timeframe. Multiple trades were scheduled to complete work concurrently throughout the facility. IPS coordinated work with other trade contractors in order to avoid any interference or equipment relocation that might be caused by overlapping work areas.