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Adding Cover Facilitates Long Rail Production
Posted by Tom Klemens on May 10, 2010 at 11:33 AM.

ClearSpan Fabric Structures International,Inc., reports that Steel Dynamics, Inc., has installed a ClearSpan fabric structure at its Columbia City, Ind., Structural and Rail Division facility to help increase its long-rail capabilities.


The mill itself is relatively new, having been commissioned in 2002. The new 83-ft-wide, 336-ft, 8-in-long structure provides coverage protection from wind, rain and snow for SDI’s transfer bed, where rail is stored temporarily between the unloading process and the welding process.


The rail is typically produced in lengths up to 320 ft. However, SDI also has the capacity at this facility to weld it into 1600 ft lengths which is very useful on railroads using continuously welded rail (CWR).


More information on fabric structures is available at, and on SDI at

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