6K Additive, a subsidiary of 6K Inc. and a leader in the sustainable production of metals, has initiated a major capital investment program designed to expand current capacity and enhance metal processing capabilities. Worth over $50 million, the program is supported by a $23.4 million grant from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Basic Industrial Policy, acting through its Manufacturing Capacity Expansion and Prioritization (MCEIP) Directorate.
This agreement, entered into under the authority of the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III, will help 6K Additive increase its capabilities to process high-value metals, including titanium, nickel and refractory metals. These metals are used in alloys for aircraft structures, turbine blades, rocket engines, radar systems and many other critical defense applications. In addition to doubling capacity, the program will enable an expansion of scrap sorting, separation and processing operations, as well as powder and remelt ingot production to increase domestic mill product capacity. The investment supports 6K Additives’ efforts in renovation, talent acquisition, equipment installation and engineering, which are critical to this program.
6K’s proprietary beneficiation processes utilize abundant domestic sources of metal feedstock, including scrap parts, chips from machine shops, and scrap from manufacturing processes such as casting and forging. With MCEIP’s support, 6K expects to expand its capabilities and reach a full production rate at its Burgettstown, PA facility by the end of 2026.
Frank Roberts, President of 6K Additive commented, “Our country’s national security relies heavily on materials used across numerous applications and controlling the supply chain from within the borders of the United States is paramount. We are excited to announce this important expansion program which enhances our capabilities to support our defense and commercial customer base. The $23.4 million award from the DoD is a testament to the capabilities of 6K Additive for upcycling the most critical metals and alloys. No other organization has the history, experience, infrastructure or potential 6K Additive has in upcycling materials like titanium, nickel superalloys and refractory metals. We’re honored to be selected for the award and recognize the trust the DoD has placed in our organization.”
The program represents a significant step for 6K Additives to solidify its position in the metal processing sector and strengthen the supply chains for critical metals in the US.