Steel Supply Co.s newest processing center in Portage,
Ind., began shipments to customers June 10 after starting up
its new Red Bud heavy-gauge flat-rolled leveler-stretcher
"We ran a full coil
and it was perfect," vice president and general manager Steven
Gottlieb told AMM.
The company built a
102,000-square-foot warehouse at the Port of Indiana to service
customers locally that previously were being serviced out of
Roseville, Minn. (
amm.com, April 2). Ratner had orders in hand for
the new line, a Red Bud that processes material up to 0.5 inch
thick by 72 inches wide.
"We have been shipping
out of Minnesota but the freight was a killer," Gottlieb said.
"Some of our customers said they wanted shipments only from
Indiana after visiting the facility." The Portage facility is
Ratners third unit "and the most advanced stretcher
leveler in the country. We added e-drives into the line, which
guarantee more flatness. This is the Rolls Royce of
Ratner, which spent $6
million to build the plant and about $10 million on equipment,
has two inside and two outside sales people and is running the
line on two shifts. "Our goal is to ramp up to three shifts,"
Gottlieb said. "Our business strategy is a mix of direct sales
and toll processing. A lot of service centers have contacted us
about tolling, and many mills and other service centers are
asking us to provide direct sales (of leveled material)."
The line will be able
to handle 125,000 tons per year on three shifts, Ratner