CHICAGO Service centers in some areas hard hit by
Hurricane Sandy opened shop with a reduced work force
Wednesday, but it may still take time for some distributors to
see their shipment levels return to normal, executives said.
Things are a bit disheveled here at the moment,
Swepco Tube Corp. vice president Tim Schlichting told AMM in an
e-mail Wednesday. Power loss in the region is significant
(with) so many trees and power lines down.
Some of Clifton, N.J.-based Swepcos employees who live on
the Jersey Shore have suffered significant water damage
to their properties, he said. Our plant,
surprisingly, has power today, so we are up and running. We
have somewhat of a reduced workforce as there is almost no
public transportation running yet.
Those Swepco employees who were able to report to work are busy
trying to respond to three days of inquiries from the
rest of the country, Schlichting added.
A board member for the New York chapter of the Metals Service
Center Institute he said he had not heard of any serious damage
at local distributors, but said such news may be hindered by
spotty communication systems.
Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. chairman and chief executive
officer David H. Hannah confirmed that his companys
facilities avoided the worst of the storm.
All of our people are safe and there is no significant
damage to our facilities, Hannah said in an e-mail late
Some power has been restored but we are not shipping due
to customers being impacted. It will take at least a few days
until we are back to normal levels, he said.
Marmon/Keystone Corp.s plants were also undamaged,
president Norman E. Gottschalk Jr. said, but power outages
affected its Bushwick Metals Inc. operations in South
Plainfield, N.J., and Bridgeport, Conn. The latter location has
since restarted, Gottshalk said Wednesday.