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Steel Dynamics, Inc., Chief Executive Officer Mark Millett, Governor Phil Bryant and local representatives gathered recently for the grand opening of the company’s new paint facility in Columbus, Miss. The project broke ground in January 2016. SDI’s investment of approximately $100 million has created more than 40 jobs.

“The opening of this new paint facility is a significant milestone for Steel Dynamics and the people of the Golden Triangle region, as it represents the company’s commitment to doing business in Lowndes County and creating jobs for the area’s workforce,” Gov. Bryant said.

SDI’s Columbus location, the Columbus Flat Roll Division, was acquired from Severstal North America in 2014. The facility produces sheet steel products consisting of hot roll, cold roll and coated steel products. The company’s new paint line and Galvalume® capabilities allow SDI to expand their value-added product portfolio.

“The Paint Line project will improve the Columbus Flat Roll Division’s competitiveness and sustainability in our steel markets,” said Madhu Ranade, vice president and general manager of Steel Dynamics, Flat Roll Group, Columbus Division. “We’re grateful to the state of Mississippi, MDA, Lowndes County, TVA and ARC for their continued partnership as we expand in Columbus.”

SDI’s Columbus Division is the most technologically advanced electric arc furnace steel mini-mill in North America. The facility’s new paint line has an annual coating capacity of 250,000 tons.

“SDI is a great company and we are fortunate to have them here as a part of our community,” said Harry Sanders, President of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors. “Their continued investment in Lowndes County is a testament to the staff and administration here who work daily to make this mill successful.”

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, Mississippi Development Authority, Tennessee Valley Authority and Appalachian Regional Commission all provided assistance for the project.

"Sustainable growth in economic development is achievable in our state when all levels of government work together to create a business environment in which companies can achieve their goals," said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “MDA congratulates SDI and our partners at the Golden Triangle Development LINK, Lowndes County, TVA, ARC and the Lowndes County Industrial Development Authority on this momentous occasion.”