Majestic Steel USA, a distributor and processor of flat-rolled steel products primarily serving customers in North America, is in the final stages of installing material handling equipment, including custom telescopic coil grabs from The Caldwell Group at its new state-of-the-art facility in Hickman, Arkansas, USA.

Rockford, Illinois-based manufacturer Caldwell delivered nine coil grabs, two sheet lifters, and five C-hooks, via distributor Simmers Crane Design & Services. The coil grabs are each 60,000-lbs. capacity and include a ‘lock-out’ limit switch to prevent opening while the load is suspended. They also feature an anti-clamp touch plate that protects the coils as the lifter is closing, preventing damage when the legs close. The two sheet lifers are 20,000-lbs. capacity; and the C-hooks, 60,000 lbs.

The fleet of material handling equipment will operate below-the-hook of 14 32.5-ton capacity double girder electric overhead traveling (EOT) cranes, manufactured by OMi Crane Systems Inc., installed by Simmers Crane. Also included in the order was parking stands to facilitate storage of the coil grabs when not in use. All overhead lifting technology is operated by remote control. The facility will be fully operational later this year.

Devon Poling, assistant branch manager / sales engineer at Simmers Crane, said: “The telescoping feature on the coil grab is ideal when handling coils in the horizontal position. The telescoping legs give the units the ability to handle a wide range of coil diameters and widths. They will be moved and used on multiple cranes throughout the facility.”

Poling added that, because of the intensive work involved and time to manufacture, projects as ambitious as this always present challenges. But all parties—Simmers Crane, Caldwell, OMi—were able to meet these demands, with all elements shipping on time.

Majestic Steel has nine locations, including its newest facility in Hickman, Arkansas. In addition to Caldwell’s coil grabs and lifters, the site will be fully equipped with state-of-the-art processing equipment. Its footprint spans from coast-to-coast, servicing all regions across the U.S. The latest expansion will support growth in the southern part of the U.S. market.

Larry Seafler, facility supervisor at Majestic Steel, said: “We’re excited for the completion of our Arkansas facility, which will position us to provide the best supply chain solution to our current and prospective customers in a growing part of the country for construction and manufacturing.”

Majestic Steel stocks and processes prime flat rolled steel sourced from domestic and qualified import mills. With plant locations across North America, it services a diverse customer base in construction, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), agriculture, transportation, and other markets. It provides partners readily available inventory, just-in-time delivery, best-in-market product, localized service, and national reach.

The company specialises in cold rolled, galvanized, aluminized, galvalume, galvannealed, bonderised, and pre-paint steels, with a variety of processing capabilities and buying options to meet customers’ steel supply chain needs. Seafler explained that the Hickman service centre will have an extensive range of capabilities. The facility will be able to customize anything from 7 gauge to 30 gauge material, slitting to a quarter inch, handle coils from 100 to 60,000 lbs., and process flat sheets anywhere from 36” W x 8’-12’ to 72” W x 8’-10’-12’ and more.