Metals reluctance often keeps logistics at status quo

Jun 26, 2013 | 07:00 PM |

Tags  Michael J. Smolenski, Coil-Tainer Ltd., Rick Jocson, Raildecks Inc., Myra Pinkham

Michael J. Smolenski, president and chief executive officer of Coil-Tainer Ltd., West Chester, Pa., is surprised his company hasn’t faced more competition in the past 15 years, during which it has shipped coils in containers via ocean carriers for metals companies.

One reason is the nature of the metals industry, Smolenski said. “It is such an old industry, and one where the people aren’t quick to change. On the whole, the mentality of the metals industry when it comes to shipping their products is ‘if it isn’t broken, then why fix it?’” Companies generally say that if they can ship coil from their production plants to customers now,....

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