In 1947 , Steel Warehouse began in a small rented building with a used shear, rented lift truck, lots of manual labor and a plan to liquidate steel from a toy building venture. Shortly thereafter, other opportunities seized by company founder and president Nate Lerman set Steel Warehouse on a path of growth, innovation and industry leadership.
From the start in 1947 founder Nathan Lerman’s core values have been part and parcel of who Steel Warehouse is. Nate believed in building lasting relationships based on mutual trust, honesty, and respect. That philosophy runs throughout Steel Warehouse today. Lerman leadership and loyal, committed long-term employees make us unique.
Industry leaders in heavy gauge temper pass cut to length, pickling and slitting, Steel Warehouse has the expertise and drive to find innovative ways to do what its valued customers need. Since 1947 innovation has been our best way to help solve tough challenges our customers face.
Service was and always will be the driving force behind customer satisfaction. We go the extra mile to serve customers above and beyond what is required or accepted. With our own trucking fleet, the proximity of our locations, and our deep inventory, we secure uninterrupted production for our customers. There isn’t any request we don’t do our utmost to fulfil.
Never give up…
Steel Warehouse, a steel service center headquartered in South Bend, IN, was founded by Nate Lerman in 1947 after he had failed in business 10 previous times. “Instead of failing and getting down, he thought that he was becoming smarter and a better businessman each step of the way,” said Dave Lerman, Steel Warehouse chairman of the board, and one of Nate’s 10 children.
Those failures did strengthen Nate’s business acumen as Steel Warehouse now celebrates 70 years of growth, innovation and industry leadership, while remaining a family-operated company.
What has led to this success? Relationships. Good relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, the local community, the steel industry as a whole and among the Lerman family have been the key to Steel Warehouse’s success over the years.
“We look at our relationships with other people and companies as more of a long-term partnership,” said Ted Lerman, Steel Warehouse CEO. “A key to running a successful business is that we’ve always tried to do the difficult jobs and always focus on customers, employees and our suppliers, making sure that we are honorable and that we keep our word.”
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