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1979 FIN – Raritan River Plant to Supply Cold Heading Rods

July 10
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August 8, 1979 FIN – Raritan River Steel Co., which is building a new rod mill (600,000 tons/year) at Perth Amboy, NJ., plans to become a major source of cold heading rods for the domestic marketplace.
Thomas N. Tyrell, vice president for marketing, told FIN RRSC expects to start production of cold heading quality rods before the end of 1980 and that at full capacity he would expect sales of these rods to represent between 14% to 20% of total production.

The cold heading quality rods will be processed by the new Retarded Cooling Stelmor System, which imparts a uniformly softer and more ductile microstructure in low to medium, plain carbon and low alloy steels. Those result in better cold forming properties and the ability to cold head some grades without additional thermal treatment.

The average tensile are estimated to be similar to that obtained in conventional rod mills and from 4% to as much as 12% lower than “standard” Stelmor rods.

RRSC is part of the Co-Steel group of Canada, which in the U.S. also has Chapparal Steel Co. in Midlothian, Texas, which mostly makes finished bars.

In Canada the Co-Steel group has Lake Ontario Steel Limited, which makes bars, structural and special shapes.

In England there is Sheerness Steel Co. Ltd., which produces bars and rods for forging.

RRSC is headed by William Shields, 46, who’s gathered a young and aggressive management team made up of such companies as Bethlehem (where Tyrell hails from), J&L, CF&I, U.S. Steel, North Star Steel, Ameron and Lake Ontario Steel.

Plans are to have the rod mill underway sometime this fall at the 93-acre site in Perth Amboy using advance processes which RRSC says will put other rod mills in the shadow. ©1979/2010 Fastener Industry News

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