NEW YORK Reliance Steel
& Aluminum Co. is scaling back operations at its Chatham
Steel Corp. divisions Ohio facility.
distribution center in South Point, Ohio, will be wound down
and used instead as a stocking and transfer station, a
spokeswoman for Los Angeles-based Reliance said, citing
"business conditions" as the driver behind the decision.
About 20 of the 25 employees at
the South Port facility will be laid off, according to Chatham
Steel president Bert Tenenbaum, who said in an e-mail statement
that the facility will be closed for business Jan. 11. "Most
customers will continue to be served by our Durham, N.C.,
location, as they were prior to us opening our Ohio location,"
Savannah, Ga.-based service center and processor Chatham
Steel carries structural shapes, plate and sheet, hot- and
cold-rolled bar, pipe and tube, and stainless steel and alloy
products, according to its website.