Investing in a New Copper Rod Manufacturing Plant

by Ashley K. Bush – Southwire Company, LLC

Southwire Company, LLC, Carrollton, GA, USA, will soon begin construction of a copper rod manufacturing plant in Carrollton, featuring an SCR-9000S Copper Rod System.

Southwire is investing in a multimillion-dollar modernization initiative that will allow us to best serve our customers, increase our efficiency and introduce newer and better equipment, systems and technology. In doing so, we’re reaffirming our commitment to providing a work environment that supports the wellbeing of our employees, our communities and the environment—for today and for the future. Installing a new Southwire Continuous Rod (SCR®) system is an important part of this effort, as copper rod is the start of the manufacturing process for many of the products that make Southwire an industry leader.

Southwire started operation of its current copper rod system in Carrollton in 1980, and four decades later, copper continues to be the primary source of metal for the company’s wire and cable operations. Construction of the new plant is expected to begin in the first quarter, and production should begin in the new facility by the end of 2022. When the construction project is completed, the current system will be decommissioned.

The new 100,000 ft2 facility will be located on the same property as the existing manufacturing plant and will utilize the company’s patented SCR technology, which transformed the wire and cable industry in the early 1960s and is still the preferred system around the world. The new SCR system in Carrollton will have the capability to produce more copper rod than any other SCR rod system in the world.

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