NEW YORK Gerdau Long
Steel North America will briefly suspend shipping at 11 North
American mills in early February as it transitions to a new
software system, a company spokesman told AMM.
The new software, produced by
German company SAP AG, is intended to help Gerdau identify and
communicate with its customers more effectively, the spokesman
said. The Tampa, Fla.-based company will pause shipping during
the first four days of February to allow for the installation,
"We strategically scheduled the
implementation for the weekend of Feb. 1 to Feb. 4, when we
have minimum shipping requirements," the spokesman said.
The mills transitioning to the
new system and briefly suspending shipments are located in
Beaumont, Texas; Calvert City, Ky.; Cartersville, Ga.;
Charlotte, N.C.; Jackson, Tenn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Joliet,
Ill.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Selkirk, Manitoba; St. Paul, Minn.; and
The steelmaker will also be
converting to the new system its metallics raw materials
locations; its grinding ball location in Duluth, Minn.; its
rail facilities in Lancaster, S.C., Paragould, Ark., and Sand
Springs, Okla.; and its depots, terminals and headquarters in
Tampa, according to a Jan. 7 letter to customers.
At least one consumer source
said he was pleased with news of the new system. "It makes them
smarter, it makes them more user-friendly, it gives them better
user information systems, and it helps my purchasing people,"
he told AMM.