Steel Service Centers

Steel service centers are facilities that process and treat various alloys of raw steel and sell the treated steel to manufacturers, who use them to produce any number of steel goods. Manufacturers that request the services of steel service centers include those in the aerospace, automotive manufacturing, construction, electronics, and shipbuilding industries, among others.

Typically, steel service centers manufacture a variety of premade shapes, such as steel beams, steel strip, steel tubing, and I beams, as well as a myriad of pre-production treatment processes. In fact, approximately 70% of all steel purchased by steel service centers receives some sort of pre-production processing. Servicers perform services like steel galvanization, steel aluminization, hot rolling, and cold rolling.

Galvanization is a procedure during which cold rolled carbon steel is coated with a protective layer of zinc. This coating helps deter rust and corrosion. Usually, this is achieved through the hot-dip method, which involves submerging steel parts into a bath of molten zinc. Products that may receive this treatment include automobile parts, bicycle components, nuts, bolts and nails, outdoor piping and building and furniture components like steel frames/building frameworks, ladders, staircases, verandas, balconies, and street furniture.

Similarly, aluminization is a process by which steel is coated on both sides, via hot dip, with either an aluminum-silicon alloy or pure aluminum. Aluminized steel possesses both the properties of steel, such as a high strength and a light weight, along with the smooth finish, corrosion-resistant, and conductive properties of high strength aluminum. Products commonly aluminized with aluminum-silicon alloy include water heaters, baking pans, ovens, fireplaces, and ranges, while those products aluminized with pure aluminum include grain bins, corrugated siding and roofing, drying ovens, and air-conditioner condenser houses.

Some Leading Manufacturers

Block Steel Corp.

Skokie, IL | 847-966-3000

We are an ISO/TS 16949 certified company that maintains an extensive inventory averaging of 25,000 tons which results in quick turnaround on all orders. All of our products come with uncompromising performance and we can tailor our items to meet your needs. If you are looking for a supplier who offers short lead times and outstanding steel products then you have come to the right place. Give one of our representatives a call today!

Majestic Steel USA

Cleveland, OH | 800-321-5590

At Majestic Steel USA, we have served as one of the most reliable and well-stocked suppliers of industrial steel products since 1979. We provide cold rolled steel, galvanized steel, galvannealed steel, aluminized steel, and many other kinds of steel in a variety of shapes, including coils and sheets. As one of the most reliable sources of industrial metal products, you can count on Majestic Steel to deliver the steel products you need! Connect with us today!

Metal Associates

Pompton Plains, NJ | 800-838-1978

We keep all of your production goals in mind which is why we will quickly deliver your products and you can count on Metal Associates to work with you every step of the way. We put a focus on our customers’ needs and there are a number of advantages integrated into our solutions. We are expert problem solvers and there is no minimum order requirements. If you have any questions then please give us a call today!

Laurel Steel

Burlington, ON | 800-265-6811

Laurel Steel serves the industry as a leader in the supply of industrial steel products and steel services. We design each of our steel products for specific industries, providing three branded product lines: Cutter’s Choice, Miner’s Choice, and Plater’s Choice. We also provide you with all of the machining and finishing services you need to get the exact products you need! For all of your steel requirements, Laurel Steel has you covered!

Hascall Steel Company

Grandville, MI | 616-531-8600

For more than 45 years, Hascall Steel Company has been offering exceptional steel products and services. From processing and finishing to delivery, you can count on us to provide you with the right steel solutions for all of your applications! We can provide you with flat rolled steel coils, sheets, and blanks in all kinds of steel grades and finishes. Check out our website to see our complete offering of steel products and services, and give us a call!

During hot rolling, carbon steel is heated past its recrystallization temperature, around 1650℉, after which it becomes pliable. Once pliable, it is pushed through rollers, which stretch and compress it into even grain flow. Hot rolling allows for a variety of different shapes. However, it does present a disadvantage: as hot rolled steel cools, its surface may oxidize, becoming blue-gray and less smooth.

For steel with a higher structural integrity and strength, service centers will employ cold rolling. The process is much the same, except that it is performed at room temperature. Using this method, the steel is not at risk for oxidation. However, without high heat, the shapes that servicers may create are limited.

Other preprocessing procedures that steel service centers may perform include cutting, sawing, shaping, and shearing steel to specific dimensions. Some steel service centers also recycle steel that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

Two alloys that service centers most commonly offer are spring steel and High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) steel, or high strength steel. Spring steel is a medium carbon steel alloyed with silicon, the presence of which lends some flexibility. In addition to silicon, spring steel often also contains additives like nickel and/or cobalt, which help it better withstand high temperatures. To draw out and exaggerate its properties even more, spring steel can be hardened or tempered through air hardening, quenching in oil, and/or heat treatment. Quenching is a post-roll process during which steel is cooled in oil or cold water. Steel service centers often receive requests for spring steel from manufacturers seeking durable, abrasion and heat resistant metal with which to make plastic injection molds or tools. HSLA is alloyed with a much larger number of metals than spring steel, including chromium, copper, nickel, phosphorus, and silicon. In addition to these, which increase the alloy’s corrosion resistance, HSLA may be alloyed with small amounts of vanadium, titanium, copper, and columbium, for strength. HSLA, which is often cold rolled or quenched, has great structural integrity. For this reason, it is sought after by manufacturers of transportation equipment. Other steel alloys that steel service centers may provide include tool steel, Eglin steel, maraging steel, Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS), and more.

Steel service centers, which process approximately 30% of standard industrial steel products and 45% of specialty steel products in use today, are regulated by the American Society for Testing and Materials, or ASTM. The ASTM is a non-profit organization that issues quality standards that service centers and steel manufacturers are required to meet. Their yearly-updated book of standards outlines requirements for steel plates, tubes and fittings, steel pipes, steel for machine use, steel for structural use, and steel for special purposes, among others. Following these guidelines, steel service centers provide quality steel and steel treatments to all kinds of manufacturers.

These processes yield various types of steel to fit manufacturers’ specific needs, which include high strength steel, spring steel, tool steel, and many other varieties. A very long list of important steel products, including products like plate armor, shipbuilding materials, construction materials, and many other examples, are processed in steel service centers.

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