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O'Neal Steel's CHRG specialty metals unit growing operations

Keywords: Tags  CHRG Metals, Tate Forrester, corrosion-resistant products, heat-resistant products, capacity expansion, stainless steel, nickel alloys, O'Neal Steel Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — CHRG Metals is preparing to move to a facility that is twice the size of its current operation, citing growing business and the need for additional equipment and inventory.

The relocation will take place over the coming weekend, with business set to return to normal Feb. 11, general manager Tate Forrester said. "The move will be totally seamless as far as customer service is concerned," he added.

CHRG, a specialty division of Birmingham, Ala.-based O’Neal Steel Inc., distributes corrosion- and heat-resistant grades of specialty stainless steel and nickel alloy plate products to customers throughout North America in such industries as oil and gas exploration, chemical manufacturing and power generation.

The new facility will boost the company’s warehouse space to 34,000 square feet plus 4,200 square feet of office space, allowing for the installation of a high-definition, high-efficiency plasma machine capable of cutting stainless and nickel plate up to 6 inches thick with extremely tight tolerances, CHRG said. The company performs water jet and laser-cutting services in addition to plasma cutting.

Houston-based CHRG also plans to stock additional sizes of the various grades of material it already inventories and create a dedicated quality-assurance area in the new shop.

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