A new scrap metal recycling and steel production company Highbar has placed an order with SMS group to build new rebar minimill in the United States. The first rebar mill will be built on a site just outside of Osceola in Arkansas and site selection activities are underway for the other two locations. Groundbreaking for the project is expected to take place in Q2 2023 with start-up planned twenty-two months later. The minimill will feature SMS group’s CMT (Continuous Minimill Technology) a low-emission and energy efficient steelmaking system that supplies liquid steel to a high-speed caster that directly feeds the rolling mill in a single, highly reliable process. Efficiency is increased by the SMS group’s AURA DC (Advanced Unit Rectifier Assembly) powered Electric-arc furnace with All-Charge continuous feeding system and robotic solutions that improve labor efficiency. SMS Concast will be supplying a high-speed single strand caster and the link to the rolling mill will be through induction equalization furnace provided by SMS Elotherm. The rebar mill is equipped with fourteen housing-less stands and an eight-pass MEERdrive high-speed finishing block. SMS group’s quenching and soft cooling TMbaR thermo-processing systems will be incorporated into the rebar mill. The minimill will have industry 4.0 digital solutions and AI controlled processes to be future-ready to take advantage of digitalization from start-up. Design is such that natural gas is not required during the production process, a first of its kind, achieving an extremely low carbon footprint and up to a 50% reduction in emissions compared to other leading rebars mills.SMS group is responsible for new equipment sales, upgrades and modernizations for North American metals producers, and is a world leader in outsourced maintenance services for the steel and non-ferrous metals industry. SMS group Inc, a member of the SMS group family, has its headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and operates 21 individual workshops across the United States.