Slated for completion in Spring 2015, the new Columbiana Hi Tech (CHT) building in Kernersville, N.C., will significantly expand the company’s capacity to manufacture nuclear components, including state-of-the-art dry shielded canisters (DSCs) used by nuclear energy facilities to safely store used nuclear fuel. The 100,000-square-foot building will be the primary manufacturing location and new headquarters for CHT, a subsidiary of AREVA TN.
With four fabrication bays and a crane capacity of 40 tons, the building is specifically designed to enhance CHT’s capabilities in key areas such as machining, non-destructive examination, and precision welding. By constructing this new facility, CHT will be positioned to meet projected growth in the used fuel storage market in the U.S.
“CHT’s expanded fabrication capacity will enable AREVA TN to better serve U.S. utilities with safe, high-quality, domestically-fabricated dry-shielded canisters,” said Mike McMahon, senior vice president of AREVA TN Americas.
Approximately 75 employees will be based at the new location which, combined with CHT’s current facility in Greensboro, N.C., will double the company’s footprint in North Carolina. The new facility is being built by Samet Corporation, a large development and construction company located in the Greensboro area.
Watch this drone flyover of the new building construction site.