(Mars, PA)— Woodings Industrial Corporation, a worldwide leader in the manufacture of metals industry equipment, has been selected to design, manufacture and install a substantial amount of equipment that will be a part of a leading steel producer’s rebuild of its “A” blast furnace at its southern Illinois facility.

Woodings will provide 40 blowpipe assemblies and 28 downlegs for the blast furnace. Spares will also be provided by Woodings.

Working in a joint arrangement with Siemens VAI, Woodings will use the Siemens design for the tuyere stocks which feature a unique expansion bellows. The spherical nose on the blowpipe allows relative movement between blowpipe and tuyere. This design provides better control of movement, longer tuyere stock life, and an improved seal on the furnace for more consistent operation and less maintenance.

Two battery powered tuyere carts will also be supplied by Woodings to bring added efficiency and safety to tuyere maintenance.

In addition, Woodings is currently manufacturing four new, fully water-cooled hot blast stove valves as part of the project for the “A” furnace.

The entire order for tuyere stocks, valves and carts is expected to be shipped in the fall.

“Providing major equipment orders for world-class producers nothing out of the ordinary for us but it is satisfying to be able to handle a large order and meet our customer’s requirements across the board,” stated Rob Woodings, President. “This project underscores our reputation for providing performance and technology solutions for our hot metals customers.”

About Woodings Industrial Corp.
The only hot metal equipment supplier offering design, engineering, manufacturing and service from one source, Woodings Industrial Corp. is the oldest continuous family-operated business in North America's steel industry. A worldwide leader in the manufacture of metals industry equipment, Woodings uses the most current technologies to design, engineer and manufacture an extensive line of traditional and not-so-traditional hot metal equipment, such as tap hole drills, clay guns, blast furnace top hydraulic charging units, tuyere stocks, blast furnace valves, hydraulic distributors and specialty products for continuous casters. Woodings is the exclusive supplier of Grabe overlay components in North America and has plants at its headquarters in Mars and Harmony, Pa., along with offices in Detroit, Mich. and Gary, Ind.