Kloeckner Metals’ Dallas branch has some big expansion plans in the pipeline. In 2018 they will be getting both a new tube laser and a Kinetic burning center with a CNC machine. This adds to their already impressive value-added capabilities, which include multiple ironworkers, four saws, a BLM Jumbo tube laser and three burn tables, one of which is an 80-footer.
Dallas’ existing tube laser, a jumbo 14, is only three years old but is already working at maximum capacity, running 20 hour days and most Saturdays. The new machine will complement the existing one as a smaller LT-8, which will be faster and allow for smaller material sizes. The new Kinetic burning center will be a plasma table with a CNC machine attached. This will allow for multiple-step processes to be done on the same machine, increasing efficiency and capacity.
“There is definitely a market here in the metroplex, which allows for the continued growth of value add machinery,” said Dallas General Manager Tammie Moore. “We are very fortunate that our production side is seasoned and very knowledgeable.”
These new machines will help the Dallas branch meet the ever-growing demand of the Dallas metroplex market. Many large companies are located in Dallas, and a lot of the branch’s work can travel. The branch’s goal is to get to around 60-65% processing. Currently, they are around 40% and climbing.
The culture at the Dallas branch is encapsulated by that willingness to try anything to make something work. Everyone is open-minded, and they are positive thinkers. They work hard and try new ways to get things done.
“We just do not want to say no,” Moore explained. “We’ll try anything if it makes dollars and cents. I think that’s a huge reason for our success.”
Moore describes herself as the cheerleader of the group. She believes in leading by example. She is starting her 19th year with Kloeckner and was one of the first female general managers back when the company was Namasco. She strives to create a team atmosphere, where everyone is working toward the same goal.
“We are one team, and we succeed together or we fail together,” Moore said. “We are fortunate to have a great team. They work hard and take pride in their work.”
The Dallas branch is always looking for ways to grow and expand. They work closely with all the other branches and want to do everything they can to help promote the One Kloeckner vision. Moore explains that being able to work with the other branches is crucial to a branch’s success. She believes that this will continue to evolve and really take Kloeckner to the “next level.” Looking toward the future, Dallas is also trying to attract more young people to join the team.
Steven Nghe is currently the Head of Marketing & Communications at Kloeckner Metals. Nghe is a marketing professional with more than 14 years of experience in various environments and industries. His goal is to tell you about the sexy side of steel. Nghe holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from North Carolina State University. Prior to Kloeckner, Nghe worked for Delta Dental, Wells Real Estate Funds, Georgia Institute of Technology and Doosan.