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COPPERWELD TO INSTALL QUENCH AND TEMPER LINE AT ITS SHELBY, OHIO TUBING PLANT

 COPPERWELD TO INSTALL QUENCH AND TEMPER LINE
 AT ITS SHELBY, OHIO TUBING PLANT
 PITTSBURGH, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Copperweld Corporation today announced that it plans to expand the mechanical tubing production capabilities of its Shelby, Ohio, plant through the installation of a quench and temper heat treating line in early 1992.
 "The facility will further strengthen our position as one of the world's top producers of mechanical tubing," said John D. Turner, Copperweld president and chief executive officer.
 The executive noted that Copperweld traditionally has used a number of outside processors when quench and temper treatment was required. "By bringing this capability in-house," he said, "we will be in a position to improve both the quality and delivery time of these products."
 Copperweld provides quench and tempered mechanical tubing for oil drilling, fluid power, automotive and other applications.
 The quench and temper facility is composed of an induction preheat unit and barrel-type soak furnace for austenitizing, followed by a tangential quench utilizing either water or polymer quenchants. Tempering is accomplished in a two-zone, continuous, cross-fed box furnace.
 Every aspect of the facility has been designed to achieve maximum metallurgical control, flexibility and quality, Turner said. It can accommodate tubing with outside diameters from 2-3/8 inches to 8 inches and with wall thicknesses up to 1-3/4 inches.
 The purchase and installation of the quench and temper line is an additional component of Copperweld's Vision 100 manufacturing excellence program. Vision 100 is a five-year, $94 million capital program that will modernize and expand the Copperweld Shelby Division's production facilities for seamless and DOM (drawn-over-mandrel) tubing products.
 Vision 100's first phase, completed in early 1990, included a $50 million expansion of the division's DOM production facilities. The second phase, which began in November 1991, will upgrade the seamless mechanical tubing facilities. The program will also include extensive enhancements to the plant's computer systems and an expanded training program for employees.
 In addition to its mechanical tubing operations at Shelby, Copperweld also manufactures structural tubing at plants in Birmingham, Ala., and Chicago. Another Copperweld facility, in Fayetteville, Tenn., is the largest producer of bimetallic wire in the United States. The company is headquartered in Pittsburgh.
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 /CONTACT: Robin E. King of Copperweld, 412-263-3610/ CO: Copperweld Corporation ST: Ohio, Pennsylvania IN: MNG SU:


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