Latest storm sidelines metal plants

Feb 13, 2014 | 05:40 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  winter storm, metal plants, Defense Logistics Agency, David Hannah, Reliance Steel, Alumet Supply, Infra-Metals, Pierce Aluminum Petersen Aluminum

CHICAGO — Between the shutdown of federal government offices, thousands of canceled airline flights and power outages affecting up to a half million customers, the latest winter storm caused difficulties for scores of metal operations Feb. 12-13 across the Mid-South, Southeast and into the Mid-Atlantic region.

All federal offices in the Washington area were closed Feb. 13, including the Defense Logistics Agency’s Strategic Materials offices in Fort Belvoir, Va., and its three depots. As a result, the agency extended the deadline to accept quotes for its ferromanganese negotiated tender.

Infra-Metals Co., a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., closed its Langhorn, Pa., and Baltimore, Md., service centers Thursday. "I don’t think anyone showed up there. Calls are being forward to Petersburg, Va. We are open for business here," a company administrator said.....

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