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Superior Steel begins renovating buildings in Denham Springs
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Monday, 19 Mar 2012

Superior Steel Inc has begun renovating buildings at the former Vulcan Foundry East Jordan Ironworks on Hatchell Lane in Denham Springs for a plant that should be operating by September 2012. The family owned fabrication firm purchased nearly 20 acres on the site.

The company will invest more than USD 1 million in new equipment at the new location, which will double its acreage and expand its fabrication plant by a third to about 90,000 square feet. The company currently employs 85 workers, with hopes of expanding.

Mr Joseph Easley Sr president & GM of Superior Steel Inc said that "We will have the ability to produce fabricated steel in a more efficient manner in this new facility layout. And if the opportunity for growth arises, we'll have the space to expand."

Mr Easley and his wife Ms Bobbie founded the company in Baton Rouge in 1967 and now run it with family members.

Mr Easley said the foundry's functionality, space, existing buildings and close proximity to the interstate were what attracted the company to the facility.

Superior Steel also acquired four working cranes in the purchase. The foundry has been vacant for about five years.

Mr Randy Rogers president & CEO of Livingston Economic Development Council said that "We are thrilled to welcome a quality, respected firm like Superior Steel to Livingston Parish. It's also exciting to be able to put the former foundry facility back into commerce and see such dramatic improvements to the site."

Superior Steel fabricates and erects structural and miscellaneous steel for industrial steel projects like refineries, chemical plants, mills and warehouses, as well as multi story commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, churches and sports facilities all along the Gulf Coast. The company is capable of fabricating up to 2,000 tonnes of Class A steel per month and erecting construction projects ranging up to 500 tonnes.

Denham Springs mayor Mr Jimmy Durbin said Superior Steel's decision to relocate to Livingston Parish is an indication that the community welcomes industry and has the infrastructure required for such a major investment to pay off.

Source - The Advocate


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