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SDI Considering $231-Million Expansion at Heartland

Written by David Schollaert

Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) has proposed a major investment at its Heartland Division flat-rolled steel processing operations in Terre Haute, Ind., company President and CEO Mark Millett told Steel Market Update.


The cost of the planned expansion – a 390,000-square-foot addition that would increase the facility’s footprint by 50% – is estimated at $231 million and would include enhancements to Heartland’s cold mill as well as its galvanizing and paint lines.

The project hinges on the approval of a 10-year tax abatement by the Vigo County Council. “Heartland is a favorable site for this investment, but we are waiting on the approved package from the county,” Millett said.

The investment would include $196.35 million for the physical expansion and $34.65 million for the installation of new equipment. The project would also add 84 new employees to Heartland’s payroll at an annual cost of roughly $6.7 million in wages, according to SDI’s tax abatement filing. Millett declined to comment on the possible timeline for the project.

SDI’s Heartland Division is a finishing mill specializing in light-gauge galvanized and cold-roll steel products. Its pickling and cold-reducing lines have a annual capacity of one million tons, with the ability to galvanize up to 360,000 tons each year. The facility is comprised of a continuous pickle line, a two-stand reversing cold mill, batch annealing bases, a temper mill and a galvanizing line.

The Heartland Division facility has helped SDI expand its annual flat rolled steel shipping capacity to 8.4 million tons and total shipping capability to 12.4 million tons.

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