The Making of Steel

As the transportation editor for IndustryWeek, it's not often I get to step foot inside a steel processing plant.

But, during a recent trip to Alabama, the automotive world and the steel industry collided.

In touring the AM/NS Calvert steel processing plant, a joint venture between ArcelorMittal (IW 1000/49) and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. (IW 1000/84) in Calvert, Ala., and then the Honda Manufacturing of Alabama plant in Lincoln, Ala., I was able to see how steel finished at Calvert was used on vehicles in Lincoln, in particular, the Usibor door ring -- a hot stamped, laser welded steel door ring being made for the Acura MDX.

This slideshow takes you inside the 1,550-employee AM/NS Calvert steel finishing plant, which has 2.8 million square feet of buildings, a river terminal, hot strip mill, cold rolling mill, rail yard and four hot dip galvanizing lines.


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