Commercial Metals Company (CMC) has selected the site of its fourth micro mill (MM4). The new facility in Berkeley County, W.Va. is expected to employ 230 people on a full-time basis and will be able to produce various sizes of both straight length and spooled rebar. Spooled rebar boasts less waste, increased productivity, and improved safety. The new plant is scheduled to start operations in late 2025.
“We are pleased to enter the next phase of this exciting investment, and to establish CMC’s manufacturing presence in West Virginia,” says Barbara R. Smith, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer. “The state offers several attractive advantages for MM4, including a welcoming business climate and a skilled available labor force. The planned site, located in the eastern panhandle of the state near Martinsburg, is well-situated to serve key metropolitan markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, as well as the Midwest.”
Commercial Metals provides a renewable source of material for the everyday items and essential infrastructure people depend on including highways, bridges, and industrial structures. Every CMC mill uses electric energy and renewable materials to produce its products.
Building on its foundation as a metals recycling company, Commercial Metals created the world’s first successfully operating micro mill—a plant that uses energy more efficiently with a smaller footprint than a traditional mill. The company is investing in micro mills so its steelmaking operations can be close to where its products are in demand. The company announced plans in 2020 to build a new micro mill in Mesa, Ariz., now currently under construction. Five years earlier, the company built a micro mill in Durant, Okla.
“MM4 is a core component of CMC’s strategic growth plan and will help ensure our long-term competitiveness in critical geographical markets,” Smith adds. “We believe this new micro mill, among the most environmentally friendly steelmaking operations in the world, will strengthen our operational network throughout the Eastern U.S. by achieving synergies with our existing mill and downstream facilities.”
The company manufactures, recycles, and fabricates steel and metal products. It also provides related materials and services through a network of facilities that includes seven electric arc furnace (EAF) mini mills, two EAF micro mills, one rerolling mill, steel fabrication and processing plants, construction-related product warehouses, and metal recycling facilities in the U.S. and Poland.