Bill Chisholm, President & CEO, Samuel, Son & Co., Limited announced plans to open a new Samuel facility in the Southern USA which will deliver the capacity and capabilities beyond any other metal service center in the region. “As part of our company’s increasing commitment to the North American metals marketplace, we will begin the construction of a new state-of-the-art metal service center in Columbia, Tennessee,” stated Chisholm.
Specifically designed to support the growing automotive market in the South, this new facility will house a new world-class hybrid automotiveblanking line with a width capability up to 2050mm (80.7″). This line will be further enhanced with the ability to inspect, clean, level and lubricate sheet and will be able to produce rectangular, chevrons, and other custom shapes. It will handle new generation advanced high strength steels and Class A exposed product in both steel and aluminum. The facility will serve the needs of both Tier 1 automotive manufacturers and the world’s largest OEM auto makers.
In addition, Samuel will be installing a brand new 2133mm (84″) slitter. The slitter will include the ability to apply lubricants, inspect Class A surfaces, and slit advanced high strength steels.
The Greenfield facility will initially consist of 105,000 square feet on a 30 acre site with rail access. The entire storage and production area will be environmentally controlled to maximize product quality.
“This additional capacity shows our commitment to the automotive market,” remarked Chisholm. “Our customers have grown to expect a lot from Samuel. This investment allows us to step up and deliver the service and quality our customers require for their current and future business needs.”
The first phase of this project is expected to be completed by July 1, 2015.
Samuel, Son & Co., Limited provides end-to-end solutions in the distribution, transportation, processing and manufacturing of metals and industrial products. Founded in 1855, Samuel is the largest family-owned metals processor and distributor in North America, and operates with over 5300 employees in over 100 locations. Samuel offers a full range of processing services and a complete range of carbon, stainless, and aluminum products in all shapes and forms. www.samuel.com