CMC Steel Arizona, which opened its environmentally-conscious micro mill in Mesa in 2009, is celebrating the grand opening of three new buildings at its 260-acre campus at 11444 E. Germann Road. It is part of a $4.7 million capital investment by CMC in Mesa.
“CMC Steel’s commitment to innovation and new technology makes them a leader in the steel production, fabrication and recycling industry,” Mayor John Giles said. “We are proud of the work they do here in Mesa and look forward to their continued success.”
The largest of the three new buildings houses the CMC Steel Arizona Operations and Support team as well as the West Region Management Team which oversees operations in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. The second new building is CMC Rebar Arizona for the rebar fabrication business team. The smallest building is a scale house to manage all of the shipping in and out of the facility. CMC employs 245 people in Mesa.
“CMC Steel has been an important member of our community since they opened in 2009 and this expansion further solidifies their home in Mesa. Not only are they a cornerstone of the Industrial Corridor in District 6, but they are environmentally friendly and bring high-wage jobs to the area,” District 6 Councilmember Kevin Thompson said.
CMC Steel Arizona manufactures concrete reinforcing bar, or rebar, and steel t-posts which are processed almost entirely from recycled scrap metal. By using recycled scrap as raw material rather than virgin natural resources, CMC is reducing the need for mining of natural resources and reducing CO2 emissions by 58 percent. For every ton of steel produced, CMC conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone.
“We are proud to have pioneered the micro mill technology and successfully started the first U.S. micro mill right here in Mesa” said Andy Sarat, Director of Operations, West Region. “The micro mill reduces electrical consumption, improves efficiencies and incorporates the most efficient environmental technologies. Having successfully operated in the area since 2009, we are excited to now add permanent support offices to our Mesa location.”
More than 300,000 tons of scrap metal are recycled each year into steel bar products at CMC Steel Arizona for use in construction and fabrication.
“The products made at this plant are building our communities. They are in sports arenas, office buildings, distribution centers, retail space and miles of fencing along the highways and bridges that are built with CMC rebar” said Brad Cottrell, Regional Vice President, West for Commercial Metals Company.
CMC Steel Arizona is part of Commercial Metals Company, which is celebrating 100 years of business this year. Headquartered in Irving Texas, CMC is a global low costs metal recycling, manufacturing, fabricating and trading enterprise. The micro mill technology used in Mesa is the first technology of this type to operate successfully in the United States.