Leeco Steel to open new distribution center in Brandon, South Dakota

8 September 2015

Leeco Steel, a leading global supplier of carbon, HSLA, heat-treated and alloy steel plate, is constructing a new distribution center in Brandon, located nearly 13 miles east of Sioux Falls. Construction started this summer and the distribution center is scheduled to begin shipping steel plate in October 2015.

This is Leeco Steel’s first distribution center in South Dakota. The new 58,000 square-foot building features a fully-enclosed facility with climate control; capability to receive and ship via rail; two, 25-ton, overhead cranes; a 20-foot by 64-inch oxy; easy access to major freeways; and the ability to store more than 20,000 tons of steel plate.

Leeco Steel’s decision to add a north central U.S. location was customer and market generated. Manufacturing and industry continue to grow in the region and it became apparent that establishing a distribution center would be the best way to serve current and new customers in terms of more cost-effective supply-chain solutions, quicker delivery and overall customer service.

“Leeco Steel has been servicing this market through our Oshkosh, Wis., and Chicagoland locations for more than 20 years,” says Denton Nordhues, president and CEO of Leeco Steel. “This facility in eastern South Dakota places our steel closer to where it needs to be and, therefore, eases the pressure on freight and allows us to get product to the end user faster. We continually look for ways to best serve our customers, and establishing a stronger Midwest presence was the obvious decision to fulfill that mission.”

Leeco Steel, headquartered in Lisle, Ill., maintains one of the nation’s largest inventories of carbon, HSLA and alloy plate steel coming from the premier mills worldwide. Founded in 1882, Leeco Steel has 13 locations in North America and a one in Santiago, Chile. Leeco Steel is an O’Neal Industries Company. For more information, visit leecosteel.com or call 1-888-533-2606.

O’Neal Industries is the U.S.A.’s largest family-owned group of metals service centers, composed of more than a dozen leading brands. With sales of approximately $2.66 billion in 2014, O’Neal Industries is based in Birmingham, Ala., and has more than 90 specialized facilities throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.