Olympic Steel has opened a new 120,000-square-foot processing facility in Buford, Ga. The location expands Olympic¡¯s Southeastern region footprint, which also includes facilities in Locust, N.C.; Winder, Ga.; and Hanceville, Ala.
The Buford facility will serve as the company¡¯s primary regional flat-rolled processing hub, with first-stage metal processing in the Winder facility and metal distribution in the Winder and Hanceville locations. Pipe and tube laser fabrication and bending will be handled by the company¡¯s Chicago Tube & Iron facility in Locust, N.C.
As part of the expansion, the company has also added a new Mitsubishi fiber optic laser and a 600-ton Verson stamping press with a COE coil feed system. The additional equipment and processing capacity complement the region's existing value-added fabrication capabilities and support Olympic¡¯s commitment to automotive OEMs and their tier 1 and 2 parts makers, as well as respond to increasing demand from other OEM customers.
"The opening of the Buford facility strategically aligns our product and processing capabilities to efficiently meet our growing customer needs in the Southeast," said David Gea, region vice president and general manager. "The expansion allows us to offer new processed products and additional just-in-time services to our customers."
Combined, Olympic Steel's facilities in the region offer cut-to-length, slitting, leveling, laser and plasma cutting, forming, machining, welding, kitting, assembly and distribution for a variety of carbon, stainless and aluminum sheet, plate, coil, pipe and tube products.
The company plans to host an opening event and offer tours of the new Buford facility later this year.