CHICAGO Plate distributor Leeco Steel LLC has purchased a facility in Houston to expand its presence in the region.
Leecos second location in Texas will be home to a sales and distribution center. It is expected to be fully operational in February.
"We are making a substantial investment in Texas in an effort to better serve our customers and to take advantage of the potential business weve targeted while operating our Fort Worth facility the past six years," president and chief executive officer Denton J. Nordhues said in a written statement. "The Houston facility will allow us to provide enhanced service, increased commercial coverage and further penetration into the region."
The 67,000-square-foot facility, which features drive-through bays and rail service, has space for future expansion.
C.J. Tylka, who has been with Leeco Steel since 2007, most recently as a national account manager at the companys Lisle, Ill., headquarters, has been named sales manager at Houston.
Leeco Steel is owned by Birmingham, Ala.-based ONeal Industrial Metals Group.