CHICAGO Even ONeal Steel Inc. managers attending a meeting in Florida could not escape the winter weather problems. Seventeen sales managers were stranded in Miami following the meeting because flights to other Southeast citiesif routed through Atlantawere canceled.
ONeal, which operates a large family of metal processing and distribution centers across the United States, said warehouses in Birmingham, Ala., and Knoxville, Tenn., closed early Wednesday and opened late Thursday, while the Greensboro, N.C., facility was expected to remain closed all day. Deliveries were made from Chattanooga, Tenn., and around Birmingham, a company spokeswoman told AMM, but "they are not delivering to Atlanta (Thursday) because of the poor conditions." The Lynchburg, Va., operation was closed Thursday.
The companys TW Metals Inc. business in Atlanta closed Wednesday after the state declared a state of emergency. "They hope to open later (Thursday) but roads and bridges are still icy," the spokeswoman said. The Charlotte, N.C., facility closed at 11 a.m. Wednesday and was closed all day Thursday. As the storm moved north, TW Metals corporate office in Exton, Pa.as well as facilities in Cranberry, N.J., and Agawam, Mass.closed Thursday.
Calls to non-operational ONeal locations were automatically routed to sales offices that were open.
"ONeal had a national sales meeting in Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) and had 17 employees bound for Birmingham through Atlanta, but all those flights were canceled. They took a bus to Miami and cannot get on another flight until 9:30 p.m. Friday because the airports are so backed up," the ONeal spokeswoman said.