United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) made a strategic investment to build an electric arc furnace (EAF) at its Fairfield Works outside of Birmingham, Alabama. Fairfield Works comprises both steelmaking and finishing facilities for both the flat-rolled and tubular markets.
SMS USA was selected as the supplier of the 1.6 million net ton EAF. The order includes engineering and supply of the furnace, gas cleaning and material handling equipment, including electrics and automation. Additionally, a vacuum tank degassing facility, equipped with advanced mechanical pumps, is included in the supply. The pumping system will be designed and assembled in Tarcento, Italy, by SMS Concast. Several safety-related technologies will be incorporated into both operating facilities.