Chicago-based Second City Metals recently celebrated nine years of business.
The national steel
distributor sells 60-inch coil for rectangular duct and slit coil for
spiral-duct manufacturers in galvanized, galvannealed, perforated, stainless,
aluminum, aluminized, and polyvinyl-coated coils and sheets.
understand that market conditions change and sometimes the market favors the
steel distributors and other times the manufacturer (or) sheet metal shop is in
the driver seat,” said President Joe Landry.
“A good of
example of this was during the volatility of 2008 and 2009. Unlike most of our
competitors, Second City Metals has been able to react quickly to a change in
steel prices,” Landry said. “We were able to protect our customers when prices
increased and take advantage of the opportunities when prices decreased. Either
way, our customers benefited.
“We know our strengths and
sell to a very specific market: customers with coil lines -rectangular duct -
and customers with tube formers - spiral manufacturing. We don’t try to supply
everything to everyone. We just try to be the best at what we do, which is
supply coil to the HVAC industry.
“Growth is difficult to
come by these days,” he added. “Although happy customers promote growth and
Second City Metals has increased revenue in each of the nine years we’ve been
in business. That’s a compliment to our strong customer base, which keeps us
growing one customer at a time.”
Steel distributor celebrates anniversary No. 9
July 1, 2009