Keystone Consolidated Industries, Inc. produces American-made steel fabricated wire products, industrial wire, and wire rods. KCI offers carbon wire rods and custom-drawn industrial wires in various gauges, finishes, and packages. We also fabricate wire products for industrial and agricultural applications (marketed under the Red Brand label), and rebar, ty wire and stucco netting for residential and commercial construction. In addition, Keystone offers coiled rebar, wire mesh rolls, merchant and special bar products, and custom sections including flats and near squares. We are also a leading manufacturer of welded wire reinforcement for the concrete industry. Keystone Consolidated Industries, Inc. was founded in 1889 and is based in Dallas, Texas. The company is a subsidiary of Contran Corporation.
Never resting on the laurels of our 125 year plus history or the market leading position of our RedBrand® products, KCI continues to invest in our future on all fronts of our business.
At our Keystone Steel & Wire Steel mill in Peoria, IL, the continual capital advancements made to our melt shop have most recently been augmented by a multimillion dollar investment to our rod and wire mills which enable us to produce some of the most exacting high carbon and CHQ grade steel and wire products. These new product capabilities extend our product offerings to existing and new customers and enter new end product markets.
In addition, Keystone-Calumet, our bar mill in Chicago Heights, IL, completed a major pass design and control upgrade which improved both quality and production time. These benefits are already being felt by our customers.
Engineered Wire Products, our structural mesh company in Upper Sandusky, OH, which serves the pre-cast and cast-in-place construction market, significantly increased its market presence with the acquisitions of two competitor facilities, Reinforcement Systems in Las Cruces, NM and Van Merksteijn U.S.A. in Warren, OH. These acquisitions significantly expanded EWP’s capacity, geographic reach into the West and Northeast and expanded their product offering to include tunnel mesh.
KCI will continue to take every opportunity to improve, grow and leverage our advantage as an integrated steel mill for the benefit of our customers and thereby KCI’s stakeholders and employees.
Strategic vision, hard work and co-operation are vital in achieving this growth and I thank our employees, suppliers and customers for their past, current and future support.
Appointed CEO in September 2014, Mr. Armstrong brings his extensive strategic, development and private equity experience to KCI. With almost three decades of U.S. and international experience in both advisory and operating roles in a variety of industries including steel, titanium, automotive and consumer goods, amongst others, Mr. Armstrong has specialized in growing companies both organically into new products or markets as well as through acquisitions.
Mr. Armstrong first advised KCI during its successful restructure from 2002 to 2004 and again as Chief Strategy Officer in January 2012 until his appointment as CEO. During his tenure as CSO, Mr. Armstrong doubled the size of KCI’s structural mesh business, EWP, through the acquisition of two competitors and upgraded KCI’s Keystone Steel & Wire steel mill to produce the highest carbon steels enabling KSW to open up new customer and product growth for KCI.
Mr. Armstrong is based at KCI’s corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas.