Left to right: Charlie Murrah, Fiona Naughton, Alice Naughton, Julia Richards, Rich Stinson, Lee Richards, Patrick Slaughter, Laura Richards, Jerry Cook, Kathleen Edge and Ron Sanders
Southwire has officially broken ground on the construction of its new copper rod manufacturing plant in Carrollton, Ga., featuring an SCR-9000S Copper Rod System. The plant supports Southwire’s long-term modernization strategy and builds on its goal to remain generationally sustainable.
The facility will utilize the company’s patented Southwire Continuous Rod (SCR®)
“The new, 100,000 square foot facility will be located on the same property as the existing manufacturing plant and will be the largest SCR® system in the world,” said Rich Stinson, Southwire president and CEO. “This is an exciting future site for Southwire, and it will help the company continue to grow.”
“On December 9, 40 years ago, my dad drove my siblings and I to the existing rod mill. The mill was completed, and we watched it start production that night,” said Lee Richards, Southwire board member and son of the company’s founder, Roy Richards, Sr. “My dad always believed that there was a more efficient way to make copper and aluminum rod, and the SCR system development was the result of this belief. This new mill gives our team confidence that we are reinvesting in the company.”
The new SCR system in Carrollton will have the capability to produce more copper rod than any other SCR system in the world. For Patrick Slaughter, plant manager, the facility will enhance Southwire’s commitment to safety, quality and service.
Production should begin in the new facility by the end of 2022.
“As I look over at the existing facility, I see a mill that has been the backbone of this company for 40 years, producing over 25 billion pounds of copper rod,” said Slaughter. “I’m filled with excitement when I look at the new site, and I cannot wait to let my team work in a new facility with new assets and modern technology, because I know that they will do great things.”