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Groundbreaking is held for plant expansion

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 12:47 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 2:16 p.m. CDT
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Those attending a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the new DMC Fabrication and Service Center to be constructed at 1111 Ace Road in Princeton were (front row, left to right) Andrew Li, representing Dalian Dashan Metallurgical Engineering Technology; Patrick McKeown, president of McKeown International; Julie Liu, senior vice president of McKeown International; Mayor Keith Cain; Joni Hunt, Princeton's marketing and tourism director; Jeff Queen, vice president of sales for McKeown International; John Chambers, general manager of sales for McKeown International; Brian Gift, Princeton's planning director and zoning officer; and Andre Mesa, project engineer; (back row, from left), were Dennis McKeown, general manager of DMC; Jeff Clawson, Princeton's city manager; and Pete Nelson, Princeton's city clerk.

PRINCETON — Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Wednesday for the construction of a facility for the new DMC Fabrication and Service Center located at 1111 Ace Road in Princeton.

DMC is a joint venture company between McKeown International, a 30-year-old steel service company, and DD Met (Dalian Dashan Metallurgical Engineering Technology), a Chinese engineering, design and fabrication company supplying continuous casters in the steel industry.

Patrick McKeown, president of McKeown International, said Wednesday after the groundbreaking ceremonies that the first phase of the project will consist of the construction of a 10,000-square-foot building. Two other phases call for two 5,000 square-foot additions for the facility.

Continuous casting is the solidification of molten steel into solid billet or slab steel. The end products are used in the automotive, appliance and construction industries.

There are currently more than 100 continuous casters in North America. DMC will market a complete line of caster equipment, including the design and manufacturing of engineered products and services to this segment of the steel industry.

The new building is expected to be completed by June 2014, and will eventually employ 15 to 20 skilled workers once in full operation, said Dennis McKeown, general manager of McKeown International, which is headquartered in Round Rock, Texas.

McKeown International has offices in China, India, South America, South Africa, Mexico, and Spain. It also has sales offices in Austin, Texas, and Princeton.

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