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Hamilton contractor will build Algoma Steel's electric arc furnace building

Walters Group will team up with SIS Manufacturing on Sault Ste. Marie steelmakers’ expansion project
Danieli EAF 1
(Danieli photo)

A Hamilton steel construction company has been awarded the contract to build the main building for Algoma Steel’s electric arc steelmaking facility.

The Walters Group will be responsible for fabrication and erecting the main building and the dust collection hoods. Walters will use steel plate from Algoma in fabricating heavy structural components and will work with local contractor, SIS Manufacturing, to fabricate those key elements, the Sault Ste. Marie steelmaker said in an April 25 news release.

Onsite assembly of the building structure starts this fall and should be finished within a year.

Construction on the $700-million complex started last November.

Last December, Algoma awarded Italian industrial technology provider Danieli of Italy with the contract for provide the actual electric arc furnace technology. The two 250-ton electric furnaces will provide capacity to produce 3.7 million tons of liquid steel every year.

“Today’s announcement marks another significant milestone in our path to become Canada’s top producer of green steel,” said Algoma CEO Michael McQuade.

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

Walters’ appreciation of our commitment to the Sault Ste. Marie community and partner-oriented model make it an ideal contractor to support Algoma’s transformative EAF project.”

“We are both delighted and honoured to be 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 throughout North America for more than 65 years. As an Ontario-based company, we welcome the opportunity to work with another Canadian icon on a project that is expected to drive a marked carbon reduction in the province we both call home.”