In 2002, Leggett & Platt purchased a portion
of the former Northwestern Steel & Wire
facility. Following major renovations in the
melt shop and rod mill, the plant began
operating in early 2003. Sterling produces
more than 500,000 tons of wire rod annually.
At the melt shop, scrap steel is melted, then
refined, and cast into steel billets. These
billets are sent to the rod mill to be rolled
into rod. Our Electric Arc Furnace is the
largest electric furnace in North America,
with a capacity of 415 tons.
At the rod mill, we manufacture steel rods of
varying sizes to be used as wire for our
branches and our customers. Our mill
boasts finishing speeds of over 19,500 feet
per minute (220 mph).
Sterling Steel recycles nearly 600,000 tons
of steel scrap annually. Reducing and/or
eliminating waste streams are goals
throughout our facilities. Our customers
draw our rod into wire that is used in a
variety of end products, and at end of life,
those products will most likely find their way
back to us to be recycled again.