US’s steel fabricator W&W/AFCO Steel plans to invest more than USD 18 million to expand operations to the former LM Wind Power site at the Little Rock Port in US. W&W/AFCO President Mr Grady Harvell said the empty 138,846-square feet building at the port will be outfitted with burning tables, blast machines, welding machines and more with the goal of starting partial operations by October. He said full operations should begin by the first quarter of 2023. The facility will allow W&W/AFCO to expand production of fabricated structural steel for bridges and commercial buildings. The company's bridge operations are headquartered in Little Rock. W&W/AFCO is leasing the building from a group of northwest Arkansas investors who purchased it in December 2020 for USD 9.5 million and has the option to buy the building after four years. The port facility was occupied by Danish company LM Wind Power for 13 years before it shut down in 2020. W&W/AFCO Steel, headquartered in Oklahoma City, has two facilities in Little Rock and one in Van Buren. It has 18 production facilities in total across the US. AFCO, which was founded in Little Rock in 1909 and sold to W&W in 2002, has provided steel for countless projects across the state, including the Big Rock Interchange in Little Rock. Its steel has also been used for major projects across the nation, including AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the National September 11th Memorial & Museum in New York City.