Scrap Beat

by Scrap Magazine | Sep 22, 2020

SDI to Build EAF in Texas Next Year

Steel Dynamics (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is building a new $1.9 billion electric-arc furnace mill to produce flat-rolled steel in Sinton, Texas, it reports.

Construction will start early next year and operations will begin in mid-2021, the company says. It expects the mill to produce about 3 million tons of steel each year, helping to increase SDI’s overall steel production capacity by 25%, it said in a presentation to investors in May.

The mill will produce advanced high-strength steel grades for the energy and automotive sectors, including products not currently produced in the United States, SDI says. The facility will have a galvanizing line with a capacity of 550,000 tons a year and a paint line with a coating capacity of 250,000 tons a year, it says. The project aims to create 600 jobs, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports.

SDI chose the Sinton location because it’s near the port of Corpus Christi, which provides access to pig iron shipments as well as supplies of prime ferrous scrap from producers in Mexico and the southern United States. The mill is also near two Class 1 railroads, major highway interstates, and inland waterways, it says. Sinton will be SDI’s seventh EAF-based steel mill and third flat-rolled facility, Argus Media reports. Others include locations in Butler, Ind., and Columbus, Miss. Visit