Last remaining mill in Canada

It is not a surprise that Mr. Hogg (“Stainless steel for rebar?,Engineering Dimensions, May/June 2016, p. 75) and Mr. Smith (“The many uses of stainless steel,” Engineering Dimensions, July/August 2016, p. 57) were not aware that there is, in fact, a steel mill in Canada capable of producing stainless steel for rebar, special bar and large forged products industries, so I felt compelled to set the record straight on the subject. In fact, a stainless steel melt facility does exist in Canada and ASW Steel Inc. in Welland, Ontario is that mill.

ASW boasts a long and rich lineage in the specialty steel industry dating back to the early 1900s as Atlas Steels Ltd. Stainless, and other specialty steel products used in critical applications, such as nuclear refurbishment projects, aerospace landing gear products, land-based turbine, heavy equipment bearing and race production, and a myriad of military equipment and armament applications, have been the staple of the very existence of this mill since its inception. Atlas Steels developed stainless steel rebar capability in the 1990s when the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario made SS rebar a requirement for the bridge decks of all 400-series highways. ASW continues to possess the facilities and know-how to produce the product and has recently partnered with a domestic rolling mill to supply such projects again today. Re-entering this market is anticipated to occur in the next quarter. 

Hopefully this short communication will provide some insight as to the last remaining melt facility in Canada capable of producing stainless steel products through electric arc furnace melting and argon-oxygen decarburization.

Tim Clutterbuck, P.Eng., Welland, ON