TSA Processing partners with ATI to bring new steel jobs to Hyde Park

New steel jobs have arrived in the Alle-Kiski Valley at a historic Hyde Park foundry.

Houston-based TSA Processing opened its sixth processing site in March, inside the hot metal section of the former Hyde Park smelter.

Currently, 13 full-time employees process large coils of steel and other metals for shipment in the United States and around the world, said Neal Silliman, TSA’s general and sales manager.

Eventually, about 100 jobs will be created, with another 20 expected to be added by the end of the year, said Kevin Ashbaugh, plant manager.

In partnership with ATI at Vandergrift, the Hyde Park facility was selected due to its favorable transport advantages. A railway line is a few meters away and Highway 28 is nearby.

“We ran some products with (ATI). We still have to test them and meet their certifications for production,” Ashbaugh said, describing the ATI collaboration as “huge.”

“It’s going to continue to run material through the Vandergrift factory, and it’s a good partnership – location, location, location,” Ashbaugh said. “We have the capabilities to run any material on this line.”

ATI spokeswoman Natalie Gillespie said the new partnership is exciting, especially with ATI’s multi-million dollar Vandergrift expansion currently underway.

“Recently Hyde Park cut to length some coils produced at our newly modernized plant in Vandergrift and our powerful plant in Brackenridge. We appreciate having these services close by,” Gillespie said.

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TSA Processing Factory Manager Kevin Ashbaugh (left) and TSA Processing Sales Manager Neal Silliman stand inside the newly refurbished Old Hyde Park Foundry in Hyde Park.

TSA processes large coils of steel and other metals supplied by international and domestic customers. Metal orders are cut to customer specifications.

The Hyde Park facility is capable of cutting metal ranging in length from 2ft to 40ft.

Metals that can be treated include galvanized steel, titanium, carbon steel, high-tech alloys, aluminum and stainless steel.

TSA Director of Operations Ryan Wojciechowski said that for now, all employees work from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We plan to add a night shift; not sure of the hours yet,” Wojciechowski said.

The starting salary at the Hyde Park facility is $15 to $18 per hour with benefits.

Employee Holly Torres, 60, from Kiski Township, is Hyde Park’s oldest and only employee.

Her 12 other male colleagues dubbed her “Miss Holly” and, for Torres, having a full-time job with good pay and daytime hours is something she was looking for.

Torres said she serves as an unofficial mother to some of the guys and said other women shouldn’t be discouraged from factory or manufacturing work.

“I love the vibe. I love seeing the finished product, and I think we’re important and doing a good job here,” Torres said. he had. There is more life here now.

” Do not be afraid. You have every chance of working here. The guys here are just respectful.

Sam Feroce, 22, of Lower Burrell, has worked in the steel industry since graduating from Burrell High School in 2018.

“It’s good to get local jobs back,” Feroce said. “It’s cool to see. I always walked past (the old foundry), and now it looks brand new.

The Hyde Park foundry was founded in 1895.

TSA completed renovations and upgrades last year that include a new roof, reinforced concrete floor, administrative offices, insulation, LED lighting, gas heating and a new road leading to the facility. .

It is owned by George Hadanich of Hadanich Machine Manufacturing, based in Washington, PA.

Ashbaugh is from Vandergrift and a third generation family member working at the old Hyde Park foundry. He teamed up with Silliman, of Lower Burrell, and former vice president of operations Steve Laich of Leechburg, to open TSA operations in Hyde Park.

“It’s awesome,” Ashbaugh said. “America was founded on an industry like this and it was gone for a while, but now it’s coming back.”

Annual revenues are expected to be between $2 million and $5 million.

Future plans include securing a 15-year lease in place of the current three-year lease at the Hyde Park site and adding a new cutter to the line this summer, Ashbaugh said.

Joyce Hanz is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Joyce at 724-226-7725, jhanz@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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