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MIW Awarded Granulation Basins Contract

A completed Granulation Basin from 2023 being loaded onto a barge at Port Calcite – Rogers City, MI.

Onaway, Michigan – Moran Iron Works (MIW), a leading fabrication facility specializing in custom design and engineering solutions, is thrilled to announce the award of another significant contract with SMS group for the fabrication of two Granulation Basins. These basins each weigh an impressive 164,000 pounds and stand 59 feet high and 21 feet in diameter. The basins serve as an integral portion of the process, provided by SMS group, where blast furnace slag is granulated, helping to decarbonize the cement industry as a superior-quality and lower carbon emission replacement for more traditional Portland-style cement. This new, green technology offers a high value and quality for its reuse while significantly lowering the carbon footprint across the industry.

The project, initiated in January of 2024, utilizes the High-Wire Corridor to assist in moving the basins to Rogers City, MI Port, and from there, they will be loaded onto a barge for shipment to their new home on the Great Lakes.


SMS group is renowned worldwide for its future-oriented technologies and outstanding service for the metals industry. The company applies its 150 years of experience and its digital know-how to provide the industry continuously with innovative products and processes – even beyond its core business – and generates worldwide sales of around 3.1 billion euros. SMS is the right partner for challenging projects, and supports its customers throughout the lifecycle of their plants, enabling profitable and resource-efficient value creation chains. Paving the way for a carbon-neutral and sustainable metals industry is the company’s stated goal. As a global player with German roots, SMS takes responsibility for its 14,400 employees. For more information on SMS group and their portfolio, visit their website at

Established in 1978 by Thomas Moran, Moran Iron Works has grown to become a pillar in the fabrication industry, offering a range of services across various sectors including marine, power, industrial, and hydro. As a HUBZone-certified Small Business Concern, MIW continues to uphold its reputation for excellence and innovation. For more information on Moran Iron Works and its extensive capabilities, please visit

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