CHICAGO Independent toll
processor Andes Coil Processors LLC has opened a new
toll-slitting, warehousing and distribution center in Gary,
Coil is now being delivered to
the 40,000-square-foot plant, called Andes Midwest, and
slitting began March 25 on a 72-inch-wide slitting line that
takes 25-ton coils. Andes Midwest also has its own trucking
fleet in Gary to make Midwest deliveries, it said.
Newly appointed vice president
Rick Blair, previously operations manager of Metal Processing
Corp. in Gary, will oversee operations at the new facility.
"We see tremendous opportunity
in the Midwest market," Howard Pena, president of Lewisville,
Texas-based Andes Coil Processors, said in a statement. "With
our new regional facility in Gary under Rick Blairs
direction, we can offer steel users a new, better resource,
especially distributors and (original equipment manufacturers)
needing timely and just-in-time service and geographic
proximity to major Midwest steel mills."
Andes Coil Processors Lewisville facility in north
Texas features a 109,000-square-foot plant with two
60-inch-wide slitting lines, a 60-inch-wide cut-to-length line,
and handling, logistics and warehousing services.