Purchased by Acciaierie Valbruna of Vicenza, Italy in 2019, Valbruna ASW Inc. is an industry leader in the specialty steel market with a unique combination of carbon, stainless, and other speciality steel making capabilities.
Located in Welland, Ontario, the Valbruna ASW plant has approximately 750,000 square feet of production space on 76 acres of land. The Welland facility is equipped with a multimodal transportation system that includes access to rail, 400 series highways, and has the capacity to utilize the Welland shipping canal.
Valbruna ASW received government funding and is currently in the process of completing several integral facility upgrades to reduce its environmental footprint by employing new green technologies. Over the next few years, Valbruna ASW intends to invest more than $80 million on upgrades and improvements to its Welland facility, including the installation of a new dust filtration system to reduce environmental emissions, upgrades to its continuous caster, and the installation of a new electric arc furnace.
Valbruna ASW is Canada’s only steel maker with the capability to produce stainless steel and nickel alloy with improved machinability, superior mechanical properties, and optimal corrosion resistance.
Significant business details
- The significant renovation to the company’s melt shop is nearing completion and will signal the beginning of a new era of specialty steel making technology and a new generation of steelmakers. Guided by the determination of parent company, Acciaierie Valbruna, more developments in Welland are expected to follow on the heels of this momentous occasion.
- Valbruna ASW Inc. is proud to be a strong corporate supporter of the community through various charitable donations and involvement in meaningful, culturally significant events such as the Welland Food Drive and Downtown Concert Series.
- Type of business: Production of stainless, alloy, and carbon steel billets and ingots for rolling and forging operations
- Started in Welland: Valbruna purchased the facility in 2019, but the site has been producing steel products since 1918 when it operated as the Dillon Crucible Steel Alloy Company. A sale transaction in 1920 saw the business become known as Atlas and this title would remain attached to the Valbruna brand for the next century as the “A” in ASW.
- Number of employees: 130
- Specialty steel primary products
- Ingots, forged blooms, and bars
- Cast billets and blooms
- Stainless steel grades for producing nuclear end fittings, valve bodies, nozzles, venturis, and other components
~ Tim Clutterbuck, recently retired president