Hamilton contractor to build Algoma Steel electric arc furnace building

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Walters Group will team up with SIS Manufacturing in Sault Ste. Marie Steelworks Expansion Project

A Hamilton steel construction company has been awarded the contract to construct the main building of Algoma Steel’s electric arc steel fabrication facility.

The Walters Group will be responsible for the fabrication and erection of the main building and the dust collection hoods. Walters will use Algoma steel plate to fabricate heavy structural components and will work with a local contractor, SIS Manufacturing, to fabricate these key components, the Sault Ste. said steelmaker Marie in an April 25 press release.

On-site assembly of the building structure begins this fall and is expected to be completed within a year.

Construction of the $700 million complex began last November.

Last December, Algoma awarded Italian industrial technology supplier Danieli of Italy the contract to supply current electric arc furnace technology. The two 250-tonne electric furnaces will produce 3.7 million tonnes of liquid steel per year.

“Today’s announcement marks another important milestone on our journey to becoming Canada’s first green steel producer,” said Michael McQuade, CEO of Algoma.

“Walters has a strong reputation for safe project execution and extensive experience in large industrial projects. When selecting a contractor, it was imperative to identify those who were willing to work with local contractors , such as SIS Group.

Walters’ appreciation for our commitment to the Sault Ste. Marie’s community and partner-driven model make her an ideal entrepreneur to support EAF Algoma’s transformative project.

“We are both delighted and honored to have been selected by Algoma to build their new EAF facility in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Walters CEO Peter Kranendonk.

“We have been designing, fabricating and constructing steel for commercial and industrial projects across North America for over 65 years. As an Ontario-based company, we welcome the opportunity to work with another Canadian icon on a project that is expected to result in a marked reduction in carbon emissions in the province we both call home.

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