A federal mandate to make vehicles more fuel efficient, compelling many automakers to adopt aluminum for scores of parts previously made of steel.
The team at SET Enterprises, a Warren, Michigan-based metal processor, determined the company had to diversify in order to meet the growing demand for lightweight material choices.
Founded more than 25 years ago, SET Enterprises is one of the leading minority- and veteran-owned metal processors in the United States, with sales of $450 million in 2014. Last year’s shipments totaled 800,000 tons from five locations operating 13 blanking lines and six slitting lines. It holds TS 16949, ISO 14001 and Ford Q1 certifications. OEM and tier one customers include Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Magna International, Tower Automotive, Gestamp, and various aluminum suppliers.
In steel processing, mill-produced master coils are 72 inches tall (OD) by 72 inches wide. Aluminum coils could be as large as 96 inches tall by 78 inches wide, SET Operations Vice President Ed Corriveau says.
The slitter rebuilding project, part of a $3.9 million investment at SET Enterprises’ 225,000-square-foot New Boston( Huron Township), Michigan, plant, was carried out by Andritz Herr-Voss Stamco and other contractors.
As Huron Township LDFA district General Manager Dan Springer recalls, “The official kickoff was in June 2014, when we began conversations with Herr-Voss to evaluate the scope of work that would be required.”
John Romano, construction manager for the site said, “The renovation will give an additional 22,000 square footage in the front of the building. We will also be adding a driveway, three bay doors, landscaping, parking lot and road access improvements.” Additional jobs will be created with these additions.
Soon, SET will begin sending purchase orders to resize and reconfigure pieces throughout one of its two slitting lines at the Huron Township plant.