CHICAGO — Kloeckner Metals Corporation’s flat-rolled division, a North American metal distribution company, is moving to a brand new 106,000 square foot facility in University Park, IL.
After spending nearly 20 years operating out of a 100-year-old building in Chicago’s south side, this expansion will allow Kloeckner to bring more value-added service such as:
— Expanded processing capabilities. A 72-inch slitter and a cut-to-length line with multiple cassettes enable the processing of heavy and light gauge materials. — Rebuilt/re-manufactured existing equipment. The latest in precision controls and software have been added to insure close tolerance, cut-to-length and slitting work. — Increased crane capacity. New equipment handles mill coils up to 60,000 pounds. — Larger variety of metal products. Aluminum and stainless steel products used in the architectural, food equipment, and appliance industries.
The new Kloeckner plant’s location provides ingress/egress convenience sitting along a railroad siding so material can be received directly from rail cars. Kloeckner has recently focused on implementing significant “digitalization” of their supply chain strategy to provide service to industrial consumers, similar to how Amazon and eBay service consumers.
The leadership team at Kloeckner is optimistic about doubling the size of this new facility within the next few years. According to Tony Munno, the company’s Flat Rolled Group general manager, they hope to double their revenue in the next five years.
“This move is the first phase in a planned strategy to differentiate ourselves from the competition,” said Munno.
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.