Supporting its long-term modernization strategy and building on the company's stated goal "to remain generationally sustainable for the next 100 years and beyond," Southwire broke ground on the construction of its new copper rod manufacturing plant in Carrollton, Ga., in August of 2021. At this time, the manufacturer reports that construction is progressing at the plant, and the project should be completed by late 2022.
A Southwire press release stated that the steel for the furnace bay and most of the equipment have arrived at the site, and pipe work to connect the facility’s important systems continues. Most of the office areas have been covered in drywall, and both air conditioning and exterior concrete should be completed soon.
The new facility will also feature a pedestrian bridge, which will allow for safer access to and from the building for its employees.
“Supply chain issues have slowed down the construction progress some, but our contractors have assured me that our planned commissioning time will be on schedule,” said Doug Teate, director of SCR Project Management, who is building the plant. “The team is working very hard to achieve this goal.”
In 1981, Southwire started the operation of its current copper rod system in Carrollton; and four decades later, the company notes that copper continues to be the primary source of metal for the company’s wire and cable operations.
Southwire states that the new plant will contain an SCR-9000S Copper Rod System and utilize the company’s patented Southwire Continuous Rod (SCR) technology, which it contends "transformed the wire and cable industry in the early 1960s and is still the preferred system around the world."
Will Berry, senior vice president of engineering and modernization at Southwire, said that installing a state-of-the-art system with the latest technology developed by the company communicates a commitment to innovation; and that having two furnaces in the new rod plant (compared to just one in the existing facility) provides the organization with greater dependability and uptime.
“Replacing our current system, which is 40 years old, improves our business continuity and ensures the longevity of copper rod for Southwire,” concluded Berry. “It sends a message to the local community that we’re here for the long haul and provides an international showcase for SCR technology. We will be able to welcome customers from around the world and show them a safer, more automated system.”