Contact: Mike Kruse
Heidtman Steel Products, Inc.
Vice President, Marketing and Sales Administration
Heidtman Steel to Close Crawfordsville, Indiana Plant in Move to
Reallocate Processing Capabilities
Toledo, Ohio, April 25, 2008 - Heidtman Steel, the largest
privately owned flat-rolled steel service center is the USA, has announced that
they will be closing their Crawfordsville, Indiana processing facility.
Currently, there are 71 people employed at this location. "This closing is part
of an on-going strategic asset evaluation process to right-size the company and
improve productivity," said Tim Berra, President of Heidtman Steel. "We are
continually monitoring our asset distribution in light of economic and market
conditions to remain competitive and better match our geographic processing to
our customer's needs."
"We fully understand the significant impact of this decision on our
Crawfordsville employees and will work constructively in the weeks ahead to help
alleviate this impact as much as possible. Company officials will be providing
job transition support to help the affected employees find new employment," said
Mr. Berra. "All existing sales will be managed from one of Heidtman Steel’s
other Midwest facilities. The impact to our steel sales customers will be
The Crawfordsville operation was opened in 1994 and is currently a 230,000
sq. ft. facility, located on 134 acres, housing pickling, slitting and leveling
operations. Heidtman Steel expects the facility to be closed by mid-summer.
About Heidtman Steel Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Heidtman
is a world leader in marketing flat-rolled carbon steel products and processes
through 16 direct and joint venture state-of-the-art facilities. Noted for their
expertise in high strength steel, Heidtman processes nearly five million tons of
steel annually. It products are distributed to industries including automotive,
truck and bus, construction, pipe and tube, metal building, appliances and
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