Phoenix Services opens slag processing facility at Port of Indiana

[April 24, 2012]

PORTAGE, Ind. – One of the fastest growing companies in the country is opening a state-of-the-art slag processing and distribution facility at the Port of Indiana. Phoenix Services recently signed a multi-year contract with ArcelorMittal to provide slag and processing services for the Burns Harbor steel giant. Slag is a product generated during the iron- and steel-making processes. Phoenix Services has opened a 13-acre distribution facility at the port and is installing processing equipment at various locations throughout the ArcelorMittal complex.

“We are in the process of installing the most technologically advanced slag processing plant in the world,” said Doug Lane, president of Phoenix Services. “We plan to produce the highest quality aggregates in the industry at production rates far exceeding other competitive operations. We are very pleased to be selected as the slag contractor for ArcelorMittal and are also pleased to be working with the Port of Indiana to facilitate our operations.”

Phoenix Services was founded by Lane in 2006 and is headquartered in Kennett Square, Pa. The company now has 25 facilities located in the U.S., Europe and South Africa and nearly 1,000 employees domestically. The company is creating roughly 80 jobs between the port facility and operations within the ArcelorMittal mill.

Phoenix will dig the ArcelorMittal blast furnace pits to recover scrap iron and slag and will process the slag into aggregate for use in local road construction projects. Slag can also be used in general construction, ice control, railroad ballast and improving water and soil quality. ArcelorMittal will reuse the recovered iron and Phoenix will distribute aggregates from the port by truck for local construction and by barge to manufacturing facilities around the country.

“Phoenix Services is a world-class company and we are proud to have them at the port,” said Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper. “Phoenix is making major investments into state-of-the-art processing equipment here. The company’s overall growth in the last five years is most impressive.”

The Port of Indiana is now home to 30 companies – 16 steel-related firms – which benefit from the facility’s multi-modal connections, specialized services and foreign-trade zone status. The 600-acre port handled more than two million tons of cargo in 2011 via international ships, lake vessels and river barges. Ratner Steel Supply Co. recently announced plans to locate a new steel-processing facility at the port, creating up to 30 new jobs by 2015.

About Phoenix Services
Phoenix Services LLC provides responsive service to steel producers around the globe. Core services include slag handling utilizing slag pot carriers or the traditional slag pit digging with front-end loaders; the recovery and sizing of scrap metal to customer’s specification; and processing slag for use by steel mill customers or marketing processed slag material for aggregate use. For more information, visit www.phxslag.com.

 About the Ports of Indiana
The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority that operates a system of three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. The mission of the Ports of Indiana is to develop and maintain a world-class port system that operates as an agile, strategically-driven, self-funded enterprise dedicated to growing Indiana’s economy. More than 60 companies operate at Indiana’s three ports, generating more than $5 billion in economic impact per year. The Ports of Indiana manages approximately 2,600 acres of property along the Ohio River and Lake Michigan – and has 800 acres available for future development. For more information, visit www.portsofindiana.com.

Media Contacts:
Ports of Indiana: Liz Folkerts: 317-232-9205; lfolkerts@portsofindiana.com
Phoenix Services: Bill Sanders: 219-787-0021; bills@phxslag.com

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