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Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 10.43.21 AMAt Leveltek International, we love to keep an eye on BIG projects going on around the country and the world. There are thousands of major construction projects underway as we speak. Some are bigger than others, but when it comes down to the amount of steel manufactured to complete these projects, its truly incredible.

This week, the last steel beam was put in place on the $800 million dollar VA Medical Center Facility in Aurora, Colorado. This massive replacement project, also known as “Project Eagle”, is a joint venture between Kiewit Building Group and Turner Construction.

All in all, since 2011, this total project has used 8,700 tons of steel, which is approximately equal to 2,175 elephants.

The 2+ million square foot facility will house a 30-bed community living center, a 30-bed spinal cord injury/disease center, a 182-bed tertiary, ambulatory care facility, a research building, a central utility plant and parking structures.

The project completion date, originally set for 2015 has been pushed to early 2016.

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Steel is all around us. Take a look around your kitchen. From saucepans to cutlery it’s likely you don’t even realize how many everyday things you use are made of steel. Below are some everyday and some not so everyday uses of steel:

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Pivoting steel doors lead into Studio Sitges, a house and photography studio in Spain by Olson Kundig

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Tolix Marais Barstool

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Pivoting steel doors lead into Studio Sitges, a house and photography studio in Spain by Olson Kundig

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Stainless steel reusable straws, no more plastic!

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Gril Bruvel “Dichotomy”

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Nesting Bowls by R+R Handmade. Hand forged out of recycled steel.

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Stainless Steel 1-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet.

 

According to a recent study by Ducker Worldwide LLC, aluminum sheet usage for light vehicle body and closure parts will grow from less than 200 million pounds in 2012 to approximately 4 billion pounds by 2025.

The Troy, Michigan-based market research firm says aluminum usage will grow exponentially over the next decade, with consumption in 2015 surpassing records set in previous decades by about 1 billion pounds.

Imagine this: pickup trucks will feature an average of 548.9 pounds of aluminum per vehicle. So, what does this all mean? Well, according to Ducker the projected growth will require, “a tremendous increase in heat-treating capacity.” Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Fiat Chrysler will be the biggest consumers of aluminum sheet through 2025.

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BENWOOD, WV – Leveltek International, an industry leader that has been operating and producing stretch leveling equipment for more than 20 years, has been selected by BlueScope, an Australian steel company, to provide state-of-the-art stretch-leveling technology for a new coil plate processing line due to start supply in late 2014.

BlueScope announced they were investing in Leveltek International’s stretch leveling technology, along with Bradbury’s CTL equipment for a new coil plate processing line May 19. This technology, not used before in BlueScope’s Australian domestic product range, will provide customers with an industry-leading standard of consistently flat and memory free coil plate products.

“Leveltek is honored to be selected by BlueScope, a well respected leader in the steel industry, to help grow their coil plate business,” says Michael Kelly, President of Leveltek International. “For more than 20 years, we have been committed to providing quality and reliable services to our partners. It is a vote of confidence that BlueScope chose Leveltek and we are thrilled to expand our footprint across the globe.”

Ken Liddle, Market Manager for BlueScope says the decision to invest in the new coil plate processing line was made after considerable feedback from their customers. “Our customers have a preference to buy locally made high-quality steel and through this investment we are able to offer them such a product. The flatness and consistency of stretch-leveling is particularly suited to the industry’s growing preference towards laser cutting and will be appreciated by our customers,” says Liddle.

“BlueScope has utilized the expertise of industry leaders in stretch-leveling technology, Leveltek International LLC in West Virginia, and industry leaders in steel processing equipment, The Bradbury Co., Inc. in Kansas.”

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Leveltek International designs, manufactures and installs stretch leveling systems for retrofit and new light-to-heavy gauge cut-to-length and coil-to-coil lines. Leveltek Stretch Leveling can help you cut sheets that satisfy fabricators’ increased demand for the memory-free steel required by laser and plasma cutting. The company was established in 1997 and has installations worldwide. Leveltek International is headquartered in Benwood, WV, about 60 miles (100km) west of Pittsburgh. For more information, call Leveltek International at 304.232.8530, e-mail sales@leveltek.com or visit http://www.leveltek.com

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