center operator Kloeckner Metals Corp. will reorganize and
consolidate several facilities in the United States, it said
consolidate the branch in Bensalem, Pa., moving inventory and
equipment to its York, Pa., and New Castle, Del., branches.
On the West Coast,
Kloeckner will close warehouses in Portland, Ore.; Oakland,
Calif.; and Los Angeles, and consolidate the Los Angeles branch
into the companys plate processing facility in Santa Fe
Springs, Calif., which is 15 miles away.
company will install new plate processing equipment at its
Tulare, Calif., location to accommodate the business currently
processed in Oakland.
Kloeckner Metals said
its national pipe distribution network wont be affected
by these moves.
eliminate duplication in capacity, streamline our supply chain
and provide a broader product offering to better service our
customer base in these respective regions," Kloeckner chief
executive officer Bill Partalis said in a statement Oct. 1,
adding the changes wont interrupt service.
Kloeckner expects to have the closures and rationalization of
facilities completed, and the affected locations fully
operational in their new configuration by year-end.
The company previously
shut its structural steel operations in Stockton, Calif., and
Fontana, Calif. (
amm.com, July 9), but it maintained its national
pipe distribution networks in both locations.
There is some growth
in another region, however.
The company should
soon start up a slitting line in Calvert, Ala., announced in
June 2012 (
amm.com, June 18).
"We are still
finishing up commissioning of the facility," a spokeswoman at
the processing center, located on the campus of ThyssenKrupp
AGs steel complex, told AMM.
The line will
initially slit light-gauge sheet, but has the potential for
expansion into such processes as cut-to-length, blanking and
Editor's note: This story was updated Oct. 4 to clarify
that Kloeckner maintains its pipe distribution networks in both
Stockton, Calif. and Fontana, Calif. .