Senator Vin Gopal, Chair of the Bipartisan Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, joined his fellow caucus members Tuesday for a bi-partisan tour of Commercial Metals Company.
The Senator was joined by his fellow caucus members Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth) and Assemblyman Joseph Howarth (R-Burlington) at the Sayreville mill, which is the only steel mill still operating in the state.
“The Commercial Metals Company steel mill is the last of its kind here in New Jersey,” said Senator Vin Gopal. “These specialized workers rely on this mill for employment, and it is imperative that we work with the staff to ensure its continued success."
“I am extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to tour this impressive facility and learn more about the needs, concerns, and inner-workings of this industry. I look forward to working with the fine people at Commercial Metals Company to support the mill and New Jersey’s steel industry.”
Commercial Metals Company is a leading producer of long steel in the United States and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world.
The Sayreville mill, located on North Crossman Road, has the capability of making 800,000 tons of rebar per year, which is typically sold in the northeast and Canada. The steel mill opened in the borough in the early 1970s. Gerdau Ameristeel, now known as Gerdau, purchased both the Sayreville and Perth Amboy steel mills in 2002. The mill was recently purchased once again by Commercial Metals Company.
Commercial Metals Company employs over 200 people at its Sayreville plant. The plant is also the largest recycler of any products in the state, using recycled scrap steel instead of iron ore as its raw material.