CHICAGO Despite plenty of
competition, Voss Industries is humming along and looking to
hire more staff, the company says.
Taylor, Mich.-headquartered Voss
Industries, a 100-percent toll processor, has the ability to
pickle and oil 1.56 million tons of hot-rolled coil and slit 1
million tons of sheet per year at its Voss Taylor plant in
Taylor and Voss Clark plant in Jeffersonville, Ind. Both plants
operate around the clock, primarily servicing steel producers,
service centers and automotive suppliers.
Competition is robust. Voss
Industries considers its main competitors in the north to be
Kenwal Steel Corp., Dearborn, Mich., and Heidtman Steel
Products Inc. and Ohio Pickling & Processing, both based in
Toledo, Ohio, outside sales representative Dave Detzel told
AMM during a tour of the Taylor plant. "I have five
pickling toll processors within 50 miles of here, and most are
also service centers," he said.
Voss Clarks nearest
competitors are Louisville, Ky.-based Steel Technologies Inc.
and Columbus, Ohio-based Worthington Industries Inc. The
Jeffersonville location, on the Ohio River across from
Louisville, was chosen due to its geographic proximity to
Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago.
Industries two operationswhich employ more than 210
peopleare staying busy and the company is looking to hire
additional inside sales staff, Detzel said.
The Michigan pickle line is the
first to have a mill-quality leveler, and the line can handle
52,000 to 53,000 tons of steel per month, Detzel said. The
Indiana plant can process 80,000 tons per month.
The companywhich is
privately owned and does not disclose annual revenuesdoes
not own any inventory but holds finished coils for customers.
Turnover is typically only two weeks, Detzel said, with service
centers usually picking up their coils fastest. Each coil is
inventoried and identified by location, so any customer can be
walked directly to their product on the floor in minutes.