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rkansas Steel Associates is Sumitomo Corporation of
America's exclusive supplier of tie plates for railroads
in North America," stated Tatsuro "Teddy" Shiraishi
Product Manager in Steel and Non-Ferrous Metal Group's
headquarters in Sumitomo Corporation of America's (SCOA)
SCOA, Sumitomo Corporation (SC) and Yamoto Kogyo acquired
the company in 1989, with the structure of the business partnership being a 50% ownership by Yamato Kogyo, 30% by
Sumitomo Corporation and 20% by SCOA. The Newport,
Arkansas-based company was previously named Razorback
Steel; the company's current steel production output of
300,000 net tons (NT) of tie plates and billets per year breaks
down to 250,000NT of tie plates and 50,000NT of other products per year, and a worker increase of double the amount of
employees since its opening.
Kenji "Ken" Iijima, Senior Vice President and General
Manager of Steel & Non-Ferrous Metal Group: Tadashi
"Tad" Inami, President of Arkansas Steel Associates (ASA);
Kazuhiro Takeuchi, President and CEO of SCOA and GM for
the Americas; Toshinori "Ted" Nakanishi, Former President
of ASA: Tatsuro "Teddy" Shiraishi, Product Manager.
Arkansas Steel supports infrastructure creation and repair
from the rail side through its product supply stream that includes tie plates as one of the key components for the nation's
railway track. The connection between Arkansas Steel and
SCOA's Steel & Non-Ferrous Metals Group works to SCOA's
advantage in the rail business because railways companies
will often consolidate and purchase tie plates and rail from
the same company.
The processes that take place in the company's melt shop
include taking steel scrap and melting it into liquid form by heating it up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes about 48 minutes
to transform this scrap into molten steel, and then shaped into
steel billets. The steel billets then go to the rolling mill where
they become specific parts, including tie plates for rails.
Most recently, Arkansas Steel earned the 2012 President's
Award at the SC Americas' Group Companies Meeting, given
for outstanding achievement in product sales. Shiraishi is very
optimistic that the current business will be maintained and continue to grow in the future.
"If possible, we plan to keep supplying tie plates forever," he
said, only half-joking, "with the best quality and price."
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Example of rail and tie plate
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Visions - Fall 2013
Visions - Fall 2013
What is Infrastructure?
Interview with GM of Steel Group
Rail Supply Business
FOCUS: Union Pacific and Canadian National Ra
FOCUS: Arkansas Steel Associates
Interview with GM of Machinery & Power Business Group
Rail Systems Business
FOCUS: New Mazda Plant
Renewable and Conventional Power Business
FOCUS: Desert Sunlight
Construction Equipment Business
Corporate Social Responsibility - Clean Water Projects
The View from Washington
Visions - Fall 2013