Ryerson to Open Service Center in El Paso, Texas

Expansion continues to better serve Mexico market

Oct 18, 2010, 10:04 ET from Ryerson Inc.

CHICAGO, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Ryerson Inc., a leading distributor of metals in North America, today announced plans to open a service center in El Paso, Texas.  The facility is expected to begin operations in mid-October.

The 25,000 sq. ft. El Paso facility will service the El Paso/Juarez, Mexico market and will distribute a wide range of carbon, aluminum and stainless steel products in a variety of shapes.  The facility will operate with local sales and operations staff.  

"Investing in El Paso is an opportunity for Ryerson to expand its geographic reach and improve service to customers in the Mexico market," said Chip Kennedy, President of Ryerson's West region, who is responsible for the El Paso operation.  "Customers in the region have expressed a desire to have a full-service warehouse situated locally where we can handle all of their needs."

Ryerson currently services the Mexico market through Mexico-based facilities in Nogales and Mexicali, as well as a U.S.-based facility in McAllen, Texas.  In August, Ryerson also announced the opening of a service center in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

"Ryerson continues acting on its commitment to improve and expand our service capabilities in response to customer demand," said Matthias Heilmann, Ryerson Executive Vice President and COO.  "We are investing in new facilities and expanding our footprint opportunistically via acquisition in order to grow our business and better serve our customers."

In addition to opening new service centers, Ryerson has also completed three acquisitions this year, acquiring Houston-based Texas Steel Processing Inc. in January; Mobile, Alabama-based Cutting Edge Metal Processing Inc. in May; and Houston-based SFI-Gray Steel Inc. in August.

About Ryerson

Ryerson Inc., a Platinum Equity company, is a leading distributor and processor of metals in North America. The Company services customers through a network of service centers across the United States, Canada, Mexico and China.

SOURCE Ryerson Inc.