the shutdown of federal government offices, thousands of
canceled airline flights and power outages affecting up to a
half million customers, the latest winter storm caused
difficulties for scores of metal operations Feb. 12-13 across
the Mid-South, Southeast and into the Mid-Atlantic region.
All federal offices in
the Washington area were closed Feb. 13, including the
Defense Logistics Agencys Strategic Materials offices
in Fort Belvoir, Va., and its three depots. As a result, the
agency extended the deadline to accept quotes for its
ferromanganese negotiated tender.
Infra-Metals Co., a
subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Reliance Steel & Aluminum
Co., closed its Langhorn, Pa., and Baltimore, Md., service
centers Thursday. "I dont think anyone showed up there.
Calls are being forward to Petersburg, Va. We are open for
business here," a company administrator said.
"All of our operations
in the affected areas are closed, and those in the path (of the
storm) will close depending on the severity," David H. Hannah,
chairman and chief executive officer of Reliance Steel &
Aluminum, told AMM via e-mail. "We are concerned for
the safety of our people on the roads and in the plants, so we
are closed. I expect that missed deliveries will be caught up
when the conditions allow."
At Direct Metals Co.
LLC, Kennesaw, Ga., "we are operating, but remotely. People are
telecommuting," one employee told AMM.
"We shut down all day
(Wednesday)," a spokeswoman at Alumet Supply Inc.s branch
office in Atlanta said. The Parsippany, N.J.-based company
reopened Feb. 13 but only three people made it into work, so
production and shipping were halted. "We are getting prepared
for (Friday)," she added.
"We were closed
(Wednesday) but we are moving right along (Thursday)," a
shipping department worker at metal roofing and siding company
Petersen Aluminum Corp. in Kennesaw, Ga., said. "There may be
some delays getting (material) out of Atlanta, but we are
loading (trucks) and inbound loads are arriving."
Pierce Aluminum Co.
Inc.s Chesapeake, Va., branch remained open, but "we are
backed up due to weather-related issues," a spokesman for the
Franklin, Mass.-based finished aluminum product distributor and
manufacturer said. "It started with the snow in Georgia and
its compounding across to New England. (Backups) will
likely continue the next few days."
Steel Services Inc.
closed its Ashland and Roanoke plants in Virginia, but the
Norfolk and Salisbury branches stayed open, general manager
Michael Macaluso told AMM. There were no shipments in
or out, and production was down at the shuttered facilities,
but he expected all operations to resume Feb. 14.
Inc.s Roanoke Steel division remained open Feb. 13.
"There are employees here, but not many. We are running the
melt shop and the mill. Shipping is also moving," a security
At Dillon Supply Co.,
Raleigh, N.C., "we recalled all of our trucks. We are not doing
any outbound shipping and we wont be receiving either," a
company manager said.
General Steel Inc.,
Macon, Ga., couldnt send any trucks north of Atlanta Feb.
12 and 13 because of ice, and faced minor delays moving loads
in other directions. "Most customers in Atlanta shut down in
advance of the weather rather than repeat what happened two
weeks ago," a spokesman said.