The History of KES

Kentucky Electric Steel owns and operates a steel mini-mill near Ashland, Kentucky.

As a mini-mill producer of bar flats that are produced to a variety of specifications and fall primarily into two general quality levels: merchant bar quality steel bar flats (“MBQ Bar Flats”) for generic types of applications, and special bar quality steel bar flats (“SBQ Bar Flats”), where more precise customer specifications require the use of various alloys, customized equipment and special production procedures to insure that the finished product meets critical end-use performance characteristics.

The Company is a leading manufacturer of SBQ Bar Flats for the cold drawn bar converter and truck trailer support beam markets.

The Company manufactures over 2,600 different Bar Flat items which are sold to the leaf-spring suspension market for light and heavy-duty trucks, mini-vans and utility vehicles, cold drawn bar converters, certain specialty applications for steel service centers, truck trailer manufacturers and other miscellaneous markets.

The Company’s mill was specifically designed to manufacture wider and thicker bar flats up to three inches in thickness and twelve inches in width that are required by these markets.

In addition, the Company employs a variety of specially designed equipment which is necessary to manufacture SBQ Bar Flats to the specifications demanded by its customers.