On the Heels of Triple Digit Volume, Customer, and Employee Growth Mill Steel Co. Announces the Expansion of Its Grand Rapids, Michigan Corporate Office and New Distribution and Processing Capabilities in Birmingham, Alabama and Louisville, Kentucky

Oct 03, 2011, 17:24 ET from Mill Steel Co.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mill Steel Co., a leading flat rolled service center company headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan has announced the expansion of its Grand Rapids, MI corporate offices to support its growth in staffing and training requirements.  The expansion includes the addition of approximately 5,000 square feet of corporate office space and a training facility designed to support the company's national sales and operations training activities.  David S. Samrick, President and Chief Executive Officer, states that, "The Company continues to see opportunity in all of its business segments and the Grand Rapids expansion is a necessity given the Company's triple digit growth in both processed and sold tons, customers, and employees since late 2009."

Mill Steel believes its expansion will provide adequate space for up to 50 additional full time staff and management associates as well as a training facility that will support 80 persons for use in training its sales, engineering, and operating teams on the Company's latest initiatives.  Samrick states, "Our decision to expand its Grand Rapids, Michigan corporate office location is another commitment to the Company's continued growth as well as its support for West Michigan jobs."  Mr. Samrick further states that, "We expect this expansion to assist greatly in the Company's ability to conduct centralized sales and operating training programs for its team as well as be a venue in which the entire Mill Steel family can come together for corporate events."  "Face time amongst our associates is critically important to maintaining our history of a family culture business," Samrick concluded.

Mill Steel has also announced the expansion of its painted products distribution footprint to better support its Midwest and Mid-Atlantic customers.  On October 1, 2011 Mill Steel expanded its distribution operations to include a 50,500 square foot facility in Louisville, Kentucky in an effort to more effectively and cost efficiently distribute painted and acrylic flat rolled steel to its mid-Atlantic and Midwest customers.  "The company's decision to locate in Louisville, Kentucky offers Mill Steel an outstanding location to not only efficiently distribute its painted flat rolled steel into those markets, but also expand its sales presence to support its automotive, appliance, tubing, and general fabrication customers receiving material out of Mill Steel's Detroit and Birmingham processing facilities," said Eric Lambert, Senior Vice President, COO and CFO of Mill Steel.  Mr. Lambert further stated that, "We expect this distribution location to substantively improve Mill Steel's ability to service customers' just-in-time inventory requirements which in turn lowers their material risk and carrying costs."

In an effort to further improve its service offerings to the Company's automotive, appliance general fabricating, and building products customers in the Southeast and Mid-South United States Mill Steel has also announced today the expansion of its Birmingham, Alabama processing center and distribution operations.  Mill Steel in September 2011 established a 55,000 square foot addition adjacent to its current 121,000 square foot Birmingham processing operation.  This expansion enables Mill Steel to both improve its storage and distribution capacity as well as substantively expand its slitting and packaging capabilities.  This Birmingham site expansion includes certain rights to improve its contiguous 3.75 acres of vacant land to provide better inbound and outbound logistics at the Birmingham property.  Samrick states, "The Company's decision to expand its Birmingham, Alabama operations is due in large part to the continued conversion of automotive, appliance, and construction customers in the Southeast and Mid-south United States."  Mr. Samrick further stated, "We expect this location to not only expand and enhance our production capabilities but more efficiently and timely distribute finished goods to its customers across the entire Southeast region."

About Mill Steel Co.:

Mill Steel Co., based in Grand Rapids, Mich. and ranked in the Top 50 Metal Service Centers, celebrates its 52nd year in business in 2011 and remains dedicated to its history of innovation and people-first culture that has made it one of the largest, best-in-class flat rolled steel products distributors in the Midwest and Southeast U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Comprised of twelve production lines and three production locations in Grand Rapids and Melvindale (Detroit), Mich., and Birmingham, Alabama, Mill Steel serves customers in the automotive, appliance, homebuilding and agricultural equipment industries, among others, across North America.  Mill Steel also has distribution facilities in Laredo, Texas and Louisville, Kentucky.

Mill Steel is ranked as one of the best places to work in Michigan and has received several prestigious awards including the Alfred P. Sloan Award for business excellence in workplace flexibility by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as well as the 101 Best and Brightest Companies in West Michigan.  The company continues to practice its history of excellence as it grows to meet the needs of an expanding customer base.

For more information about Mill Steel, visit www.millsteel.com.

SOURCE Mill Steel Co.