Calvert, Alabama, just north of Mobile, was the site of a huge economic, social and celebratory event Friday when ThyssenKrupp formally dedicated its new steelmaking and processing mill. Our NAM colleagues who attended could not say enough good things about the impressive project and its importance to manufacturing, and the performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd was pretty cool too.
From ThyssenKrupp’s news release, “Plant inauguration in Calvert, Alabama, USA“:
Following a three-year construction period, the new steelmaking and processing plant of ThyssenKrupp Steel USA and ThyssenKrupp Stainless USA in the southeastern USA was officially opened on December 10, 2010.
“With the startup of the plant in Alabama and the launch of the steel mill in Brazil in the summer, ThyssenKrupp is entering a new dimension of its history,” said Dr. Ekkehard Schulz, Chief Executive Officer of ThyssenKrupp AG, at the opening ceremony in Calvert. “These two projects are the cornerstones of our transatlantic growth strategy: We plan to achieve profitable growth in international markets of the future. That’s why the investments in our plants in the USA and Brazil are true investments in the future,” he continued at the event, which was attended by 3,000 employees, customers and guests from government and industry.
The construction of the steelmaking and processing plant in Alabama is one of the biggest ever foreign investments in the USA. ThyssenKrupp has invested five billion US dollars in the overall complex, 3.6 billion for the carbon flat steel facilities and 1.4 billion for the stainless area.
- Mobile Press-Register (AL.com), “Faces of ThyssenKrupp: Workers describe what it’s like to join ‘great global company’ at Calvert plant“
- Mobile Press-Register (AL.com), “ThyssenKrupp construction in Calvert buoys contractors and other businesses“
- Mobile Press-Register (AL.com), “Editorial: Steel mill has transformed area“:
told, no amount of fanfare could be enough to celebrate what ThyssenKrupp’s mill in Calvert means to southwest Alabama. Mobile may be in the running for contracts to build more littoral combat ships and to assemble refueling tankers, but the $5 billion complex the steelmaker constructed on the Mobile-Washington county line is here, processing carbon and stainless steel and sending positive ripples throughout the economy.
In fact, although the celebration was Thursday and Friday, parts of the mill have been up and running for months. The carbon steel operation began in the summer, and the smaller stainless operation started up in the fall. Eventually, the complex is expected to employ 2,700, up from its current 1,700.
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