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Texas toll processor Andes opens Indiana site

Keywords: Tags  Andes Coil Processors, Rick Blair, Howard Pena, slitting line, Gary, Indiana

CHICAGO — Independent toll processor Andes Coil Processors LLC has opened a new toll-slitting, warehousing and distribution center in Gary, Ind.

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 Blair’s 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.

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