metal distributors, fabricators, processors and downstream
users reached by AMM largely said their facilities
escaped damage and employees were safe and accounted for
following a devastating tornado that killed at least two dozen
people May 20.
Several facilities said they
were prepared to assist in supplying materials for emergency
recovery operations and rebuilding efforts.
A metal buildings company owner
in Moore said he is a volunteer firefighter who is working in
areas destroyed by the massive tornado, which cut a nearly
20-mile path through the Oklahoma City area but did the most
damage in Moore. "We have fatalities here, so I am assisting,"
said the firefighter, who declined to provide his name.
There was no answer at Hit Steel
LLC or Specialty Metals Inc., which both have facilities in
Moore. Other companies that could not be reached included
Ryerson Inc. and Chromalloy, which both have facilities
A recycler north of Oklahoma
City said the destruction at Plaza Towers Elementary School,
where at least seven children were killed, came as a surprise
because it was built to also serve as a storm shelter and had
reinforced walls. "Nothing could stop a storm like this," he
Businesses in Oklahoma City
contacted by AMM reported no damage or injuries.
Tampa, Fla.-based Gerdau Long Steel North America has a
reinforcing fabrication plant in the city, Oklahoma City
Reinforcing Steel, according to a spokeswoman. "They let us
know they are all accounted for and safe," she told
Metal Check Inc. also reported
"It was about 10 miles south of
us. Everybody who works here lives further north," said a
spokesman at Metal Supermarkets IP Inc.s location in
Oklahoma City. "We are ready in case someone calls for
"Were all good," a
receptionist at Barker Steel Inc. told AMM.
"All of our employees are safe
and suffered no damage to their homes. We do anticipate calls
for products," said Robert Cadenhead at QuikService Steel Co.,
a service center specializing in structural steel and pipe.
Steel pipe distributor
Marmon/Keystone LLCs facility in Tulsa was not affected
by the tornado, a spokeswoman told AMM in an e-mail.
An employee at Duenner Supply Co. Inc., which processes and
distributes specialty and red metals, also said there was no
Facilities in surrounding
communities also were spared the tornados wrath. "We are
safe. No employees lost homes or property," said a spokesman
for Callahan Steel Buildings in Mustang, northwest of
"We are about five miles south
of where all the bad stuff hit," the owner of JDS Welding in
Noble told AMM. "Were in pretty good
Lisa Gordon, Pittsburgh,
Michael Cowden, Chicago, and Thorsten Schier, Daniel Fitzgerald
and Nathan Laliberte, New York, contributed to this