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MidWest Materials revamps facility, adds leveling system

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CHICAGO — MidWest Materials Inc. has completed a multimillion-dollar investment in its facility and equipment.

The installation of a Leveltek stretch-leveling line "sets a new standard for the industry" and has allowed MidWest Materials to hire more workers, Brian Robbins, chief executive officer of the Perry, Ohio-based processor and distributor of hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated sheet products, said in a statement.

The leveling system provides steel consumers with flat, memory-free cut sheet up to ⅝-inch thick and 100 inches wide, in mild to ultra-high-strength grades.

The company responded to a growing demand for greater-quality leveled sheet to feed customers’ newer, more sophisticated manufacturing and processing techniques.

MidWest Materials has also purchased new Peterbilt trucks for its fleet, replaced facility lighting with fixtures that are more energy efficient, made property improvements and upgraded facility equipment and technology, Robbins said. "In order to remain competitive, we must listen to our customers’ needs and quickly find efficient solutions," he added.

The company was founded in a one-room workshop in 1952 by Joseph Koppelman, who died in September at age 94 (, Sept. 10).

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