Steves & Sons partners with ANDRITZ for advanced refining technology in Georgia

ANDRITZ high-consistency refiner © ANDRITZ

(IN BRIEF) International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Steves & Sons, Inc. to supply two pressurized refining systems for Steves’ new mill in Athens, Georgia. The state-of-the-art systems will process a mix of hardwood and softwood chips to produce high-quality fibers for molded door skins using innovative C-feeder technology and HC refining. The new mill is scheduled to start up in 2024, and Steves & Sons is a long-standing, six-generation, family-owned business with a reputation for quality, craftsmanship, and environmental responsibility. The company has multiple door plants across the USA and employs over 1,300 team members.

(PRESS RELEASE) GRAZ, 10-May-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — ANDRITZ (VIE: ANDR), an international technology group based in Austria, announces that Steves & Sons, Inc. has placed an order  for two pressurized refining systems to be installed at Steves’ new mill in Athens, Georgia, USA. The state-of-the-art systems will incorporate innovative C-feeder technology in conjunction with HC (high-consistency) refining to process a mixture of hardwood and softwood chips, producing high-quality fibers for molded door skins. Start-up of the new mill is scheduled for 2024.

“The ANDRITZ well-proven technology focusing on excellent fiber properties and the extensive North American network of experts and service specialists were all decisive factors in ANDRITZ receiving the order from Steves,” said Stephen Brien, Director of Fiber Operations at Steves.

Steves & Sons has been in business for 157 years and is a six-generation, family-owned business committed to providing high-quality products for homes in North America. The company has a strong reputation among distributors, retail home centers, builders, and homeowners nationwide. Steves & Sons currently has interior and exterior door plants in San Antonio, with additional interior door plants in Richmond, Virginia, Lebanon, Tennessee, and Brigham City, Utah. The company employs more than 1,300 team members and is known for its superior craftsmanship and style, long-lasting products, and a strong tradition of environmental responsibility through incorporating recycled elements into its designs.

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International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems, services and digital solutions for a wide range of industries and end markets. Sustainability is an integral part of the company’s business strategy and corporate culture. With its extensive portfolio of sustainable products and solutions, ANDRITZ aims to make the greatest possible contribution to a sustainable future and help its customers achieve their sustainability goals. ANDRITZ is a global market leader in all four of its business areas – Pulp & Paper, Metals, Hydro and Separation. Technological leadership and global presence are cornerstones of the group’s strategy, which is focused on long-term profitable growth. The publicly listed group has around 29,700 employees and over 280 locations in more than 40 countries.

ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper provides sustainable technology, automation, and service solutions for the production of all types of pulp, paper, board and tissue. The technologies and services focus on increased production efficiency, lower overall operating costs as well as innovative decarbonization strategies and autonomous plant operation.

The product portfolio also includes boilers for power generation, flue gas cleaning systems, various nonwoven technologies, and panelboard (MDF) production systems. With waste-to-value recycling, shredding and energy solutions, waste and by-product streams from production are converted into valuable secondary raw materials as well as into sustainable resources for energy generation. State-of-the-art IIoT technologies as part of Metris digitalization solutions complete the comprehensive product offering.

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