‘Carpenter’s Specialty Alloys Operations (SAO) drove strong year-over-year sales growth in the second fiscal quarter of 2015, and it realized the richer product mix that was evident in the backlog as we exited the first quarter,’ said Gregory A. Pratt, Carpenter’s chairman, president and CEO. ‘Operating margins remained below prior year levels due to higher near-term integrated mill operating costs, the Reading press outage and higher depreciation of the Athens facility. 

‘Looking forward, our current backlog provides us with visibility to a stronger mix as we enter the third fiscal quarter. We continue to expect that SAO volumes will grow sequentially, with overall end-use market demand growth and expanded customer approvals for Athens production.’