ROCHESTER, NY — Klein Steel Service (http://www.kleinsteel.com) has announced the grand opening of the industry’s most advanced steel service center that provides Klein Steel with increased capacity, productivity, efficiency, tracking and reliability. The new 40,000 sq. ft. facility is located adjacent to the Company’s headquarters in Rochester, NY.
Klein Steel Services also announced an aggressive growth plan with the firm projecting to double in size within the next three years. In 2016 alone, Klein Steel Services will create 12 new jobs and promote ten percent of its existing team members. Moreover, it aims to expand in all of its geographic territories and invest in emerging markets. The company plans to add 50 new jobs over the next five years.
“We’re excited by the progress we’ve made as the leading steel service center in the Northeast and by the news we are sharing today,” said Todd Zyra, President and CEO. “Today’s grand opening of our new hub facility represents a new era of steel service and signals a major opportunity for our customers, our team members and the communities which we serve. It is a direct result of our continuing investments, our commitment and our strong belief in our direction. Many talk about the new era of manufacturing. Today, we unveil the new era of steel service production.”
Zyra added, “What really sets us apart are the investments we have made into both technology and people. I firmly believe that the fundamental strength of Klein Steel is the commitment, dedication, talent and loyalty we receive from our team members, our customers and our partners, including Empire State Development, RGE, Monroe County, the City of Rochester and FICEP, an outstanding firm that manufactured hardware and software so we can now perform multiple production sequences automatically.
The steel industry this past year has been filled with bad news: a plunge in prices, a flood of low-priced imports and a collapse in investments that affect steel demand. Wolfgang Eder, Chairman of the World Steel Association, called the problem “enormous, serious and critical.” Klein Steel, however, outpaced the steel service industry by growing almost 10% in 2015, while the industry slipped by 7%. Klein Steel also expanded its Albany and Massachusetts markets, which increased by 40% in 2015.
Senator Charles Schumer said, “Klein Steel’s expansion will not only create 50 new jobs, it will enable this cutting-edge company to expand its products, secure more customers, and grow its business– all thanks to this new $8 million investment and state-of-the-art facility here in Rochester. Since it was first forged here in Rochester 45 years ago, Klein has been a company that plays by the rules and works each day to make their company as strong as the steel it produces. That’s why I’ve been proud to work on behalf of Klein to crack down on countries like China that thwart trade agreements and unfairly dump low-priced steel here –and why I joined Klein in the successful drive to ensure the Defense Department once again purchases their steel from U.S. companies. I commend Klein Steel for investing in Rochester and congratulate all their workers for their hard work to make this expansion possible.”