Ryerson decentralization plan to drive 600 job cuts

Dec 04, 2007 | 03:13 PM | Michael Cowden

Metals processor and distributor Ryerson Inc. will move toward a more decentralized model in a bid to improve customer service.

The shift in strategy could eventually ripple throughout the company, Patti Buckland, Ryerson's vice president of marketing, wrote in an e-mail Tuesday. "The impact on other locations will be determined as we complete a detailed transition plan," she said.

About 600 jobs will be cut in the Chicago area, where the company will close two processing and distribution centers and move remaining business to facilities in Burns Harbor, Ind., Elgin, Ill., Cincinnati, Milwaukee and St. Louis. "The location will be determined based on where customers are located and how we can serve them best," Buckland said. Chicago customers will be served from existing capacity at other locations.....

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