TAMPA, Fla. — Port Tampa Bay is extremely pleased to announce that Leeco Steel, a leading supplier of carbon, HSLA, heat-treated and alloy plate steel, has purchased a facility to house a sales and distribution center in Tampa. This is Leeco Steel’s first location in Florida and eleventh site in total.
Denton J. Nordhues, president and CEO of Leeco Steel, said the new 98,000 square foot Tampa distribution center will complement the company’s other locations in the Southeast and will expand their coverage in the Gulf region. The center is expected to be fully operational by April, Leeco reports.
Port Tampa Bay has long been a steel and construction materials handling port, in addition to other general cargoes, traditional bulk cargoes and an expanding container trade. Port management is very pleased at Leeco’s announcement and eager to begin partnering with Leeco on new projects and cargo handling opportunities.
“This announcement is a perfect complement to our twenty-fifth annual Tampa Steel Conference happening this week,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said. “Leeco’s announcement of their new facility further supports the port’s role as an expanding gateway to the Florida market and for the steel sector we serve in the region.”
About Leeco Steel
Leeco Steel, headquartered in Lisle, Illinois, 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 ten locations in North America and one in Santiago, Chile. Leeco Steel is part of the O’Neal Industrial Metals Group. For more information, visit leecosteel.com.
About O’Neal Industries
Leeco Steel is one of 14 leading brands owned by O’Neal Industries, Inc. (onealind.com), parent company of the U.S.A.’s largest family-owned group of metals service centers. With sales of approximately $2.3 billion in 2013, O’Neal Industries is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and has more than 90 specialized facilities throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
About Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay is the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. The port was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit www.portTB.com.
For information about the 25th annual Tampa Steel Conference, speakers and agenda, visit TampaSteelConference.com.