Ameristeel Corp

By: Bubbajunk.com

Ameristeel was established in Tampa, Florida in 1937. It started as a Florida Steel Products construction industry-oriented reinforcing steel fabricating company, and became Florida Steel Corporation through a merger of steel fabricating groups in 1956. In 1960, Florida Steel began growing beyond its original focus. The companyÂâ€Ã¢„¢s product range grew along with the companyÂâ€Ã¢„¢s market diversity, and the Company expanded into rail products, collated nails, and wire mesh with its 1986 purchase of the assets of Lancaster, South Carolina-based Stafford Rail Products, and New Orleans, Louisiana-based Atlas Steel & Wire Company. After these expansions the Company's acquired Tennessee-based Knoxville Iron and Steel Service Companies. This acquisition added one more electric steel minimill to the four the Company already owned, and five strategically located reinforcing steel fabricating plants.

Co-Steel incorporated under the laws of Ontario, in 1970, to consolidate the major Canadian holdings of Lasco, North Star, and Ferrco. In 1980, Raritan Steel Company which was renamed Co-Steel Raritan, was built in Perth Amboy, NJ. Raritan became one of the largest wire rod producers in the U.S.

Gerdau Ameristeel is the fourth largest steel company of North America and is also known as the second largest minimill steel producer in North America with the capacity to manufacture over 8.4 million tons of mill finished steel products per year. Through an integrated network of minimills, steel scrap recycling facilities, and downstream operations, the company serves customers in the eastern two-thirds of North America.

Gerdau Ameristeel operates 15 electric steel mills in North America this includes one 50% owned minimill, 15 scrap recycling facilities and 36 downstream operations, including a collated nail and welded wire mesh manufacturing facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, railroad track spike operations in Lancaster, South Carolina, and Paragould, Arkansas, a concrete products facility in North Jackson, Ohio, and a grinding ball plant in Duluth, Minnesota.
 
Our customer base includes commercial, industrial, highway and residential building contractors, reinforcing steel fabricators, steel service centers, metal manufacturers, railroads, building material dealers, steel joist producers, and coal mine roof bolt manufacturers.