CHICAGO Stainless Sales Corp. has opened a 40,000-square-foot warehouse addition in Chicago.
The distributor began moving master coils June 1 from its main slitting operation to an existing crane building four miles away. The new warehouse has four overhead cranes, plus two overhead doors to allow trucks to pull inside the facility for deliveries.
The additional space gives Chicago-based Stainless Sales the capacity to store up to 20 million pounds of stainless steel coil, freeing up space at its main slitting operation for manufacturing equipment.
"The new coil-storage facility is a real game-changer for us and our customers," Stainless Sales president Brad Hite told AMM. "The new facility has high ceilings with heavy-capacity cranes. This means we can store more material vertically, freeing up valuable space for more value-added services."
"It also means we can purchase larger master coils for our customers who desire larger diameter coils," Hite said, noting that larger coils "mean less machine setup time for our customers."
All mill deliveries will now go to the new location, with master coils for slitting trucked throughout the day to the primary slitting operation, he said.