RATNER STEEL SUPPLY 2019
“Red Bud Industries has been an integral part of our growth.”[Dennis Szymanski | Vice President | Ratner Steel]
Ratner Steel Supply Company is an industry leader in providing the highest quality of both steel and customer service. With precise attention to detail, they ship over 500,000 tons of steel each year throughout the United States and Canada.
Since 1986, Ratner Steel has been a leading supplier to fabricators, OEMs, and regional service centers. With three locations in the United States, located in Roseville, MN; Portage, IN; and Osceola, AR, their state-of-the-art Stretcher Leveling and Cut-To-Length Equipment is able to supply customers with exactly what they need, where and when they need it.
“We bought our First Red Bud Industries Stretcher Leveler in 2008. Since then, we have installed two Stretcher Levelers in Portage, IN, and one in Osceola, AR. Our latest addition produces flat, stress free material up to 0.625” thick by 76” wide.”
PACIFIC STEEL AND RECYCLING
When Pacific Steel and Recycling, a company with a 100+ year legacy, decided to expand into new markets, they put pencil to paper to run the numbers. With 40 locations in 9 states in the western United States, factors such as productivity, efficiency, logistics, and new market penetration all “penciled out” as the company researched and interviewed other companies to discover who they could partner with to maximize their investment. That search led to Red Bud Industries.
“We are very excited about our new 1/2″ x 96″ wide Red Bud Stretcher Leveler and expect to hit capacity very soon. As we continue to grow this line, we will absolutely look to work with Red Bud Industries in the future.”
Our Red Bud Industries’ Stretcher Leveler is so much more than an important piece of equipment– it has transformed our business.
When PVS-Metals, a subsidiary of Owen Industries, decided to expand into new markets, they turned to Red Bud Industries. Their investment in this new, massive Stretcher Leveler allowed PVS to reach into an entirely new marketplace offering the latest in Coil Leveling Technology. With this new expansion and dramatically improved automation and capabilities, PVS can handle any project from design to delivery, start to finish.
Red Bud’s ongoing dedication to manufacturing the most innovative, world class equipment in the industry clearly separates Red Bud Industries from the rest.
When PVS Metals, a division of Owen Industries, decided to build the industry’s most advanced coil processing and fabrication center, they chose Red Bud technology.
That center now operates one of the world’s largest Stretcher Leveler Cut-To-Length Lines. It processes master coils up to 1 inch thick, producing sheets up to 64 feet in length. Those sheets are perfectly flat, and the parts cut from them on the center’s fiber lasers remain perfectly flat… just how PVS Metals’ customers want them.
MCNEILUS STEEL, INC.
The products and services we provide make our customers more competitive. That’s what Red Bud does for us as well.
Our sheet and plate customers are competitive if their steel is “table top” flat and stays that way after processing. We once thought that meant a temper mill, but the Stretcher Leveler is a far better value. Today, we operate four Red Bud Stretcher Leveler CTL Lines at three facilities. We can supply a customer from any one of these facilities knowing they will get the same consistent, high quality product from those lines; just as Red Bud delivers the same consistent, high quality technology and support to us, day-in and day-out, year-after-year.
RATNER STEEL SUPPLY
Customers choose us because our product is predictable, reliable, and repeatable. Same reasons we choose Red Bud.
We sell high quality cut sheet and plate our customers count on to stay at after lasering, forming, or whatever they do with it. Red Bud has the best technology for that, but execution really sets them apart. We operate two Red Bud Stretcher Leveler CTL Lines at our original facility, and decided to build a greenfield service center based around this advanced .500” Stretcher Leveler CTL Plate Line. We cut coil the same day we opened, and within just a few weeks, we were running 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, thanks to predictable, reliable, repeatable Red Bud support.
MCNEILUS STEEL, INC.
Red Bud’s technology gave us a clear competitive advantage. Their service helps us maintain it.
At McNeilus Steel, we succeed by adapting to our customers needs. They needed ‘stay flat’ steel blanks, so we invested in a Red Bud Blanking Line with Stretcher Leveling. Our customers were delighted with the product, but also wanted it in heavier gage. We thought we‘d have to buy a temper mill, but Red Bud adapted to our needs and produced the first-ever .500” Stretcher Leveler CTL Plate Line. We were so pleased we bought two more. Not just because of the technology, but also because Red Bud supports us so well. They're a customer first company.
HIGH STEEL SERVICE CENTER LLC
Red Bud equipment and service gives us a competitive advantage our customers prefer.
The Dependability Difference® is High Steel Service Center’s commitment to provide value-added services and product innovations to support our customer’s success. Red Bud Industries plays a crucial role in meeting that commitment. Our HIGHSL® – Panel Flat that Stays Flat, 100% stress-free sheet and plate product is produced on a Red Bud Stretcher Leveler. We produce carbon, stainless, and aluminum leveled sheet and plate, multi-cut precision blanks, and slit coil – all on Red Bud equipment. Red Bud accuracy, reliability, and automation helps us deliver the highest quality material, on time, to keep our customers competitive.
MACSTEEL SERVICE CENTRES SA
“We wanted to buy a Stretcher in order to improve our market share and differentiate our products from the rest of the market. We knew it would allow us to achieve unsurpassed flatness and eliminate spring back. After looking at a number of different manufacturers, we decided to go with Red Bud. They already had a lot of experience with stretcher leveling and had a proven track record.
Now that the Stretcher is in operation, we are very happy with our decision. Our clients have reacted very well to the product we are able to produce. Our volumes have definitely increased. What stood out to us was Red Bud’s total commitment to our satisfaction and the responsiveness of their team. Our experience with Red Bud was very good. They produce a quality machine and stand behind their products.”
HIGH STEEL SERVICE CENTER LLC
In a multi-year market research study, we determined that our industry’s top concern is the flatness of sheet and plate steel. Meeting this need for panel-flat, stress-free material required investment. In evaluating new equipment, we determined that stretcher leveling technology has evolved to become the price of admission to the marketplace. We chose a Red Bud Industries’ Stretcher Leveler because of its outstanding performance, the company’s strong reputation, and our excellent ongoing relationship.
With Red Bud’s responsive and knowledgeable service, our new Stretcher Leveler was up and running on schedule. Now we produce HIGHSL, the first panelflat, stress-free sheet and plate in our geographic area. Customer response has been overwhelming, and we have earned new business from fabricators and OEMs who recognize that truly flat steel can substantially reduce their operating costs.
Red Bud is a valued partner in our business success.
RICH MERLO, JDM STEEL SERVICE INC.
“We’re HRS guys. We operated the first 1/2″ x 96” wide temper mill in the country in the late 90’s, so we know tempering. Tempering is great, but it’s an art and very operator dependent. Stretcher leveling is more of a science and all about brute force. We’ve seen plenty of shape “induced” into a HRS coil from a temper mill. There is no question that the tempered material is a great product, but the Stretcher is virtually bulletproof. The Stretcher is more user friendly, easier to operate, and cheaper to maintain. When work orders are completed, we no longer ask how the material came out. We already know. It’s dead flat.”
PAUL BATTY, MIDWAY METALS
“We were looking for a new line to help better position ourselves in the market. We decided to go with Red Bud because of their reputation, service, and innovative designs. We felt their stretcher leveling technology would give us the opportunity to offer our customers a superior level of flatness. Now that the line is in, I have to say it performs as advertised. We have people that ask for our product due to the flatness we can produce and some customers have already told us they will not order from anywhere else.”
GLENN SYLVESTER, MCNEILUS STEEL
“The new line really gives us an edge, our customers love the product!
We already had two Red Bud Stretchers at our Dodge Center facility so our customers were used to getting stretcher leveled material. So when we decided to get our own line, Red Bud was the obvious choice. We are very pleased with the new line, it has given us a real edge in our market. Our customers really appreciate the great quality and the flat product the line produces. With Red Bud, you don’t get any surprises, they do what they say. It’s quality equipment, great stuff!”
MARK RATNER, RATNER STEEL
“Our existing equipment did a good job, but we needed to be able to guarantee the flatness that only a Stretcher Leveler could deliver. We considered other manufacturers, but decided to go with Red Bud. Their machine offered the best features and they had the most experience and expertise. They were also able to retrofit their system into our existing equipment. We were so impressed, we bought two. We have to say, we were surprised with the ease of installation. It took very little time to be trained to run the equipment. Red Bud provided excellent training, and they were very professional. Everything they said happened. Now that the units are in operation, they are performing even better than we expected. Our customers love it!”
DAVID BERNSTEIN, STATE STEEL SUPPLY COMPANY
“We were looking for a new Cut-To-Length Line for our Omaha facility. We had heard good things about Red Bud’s Stretcher Levelers, so we decided to take a look. We were impressed with what they offered, so we decided to buy one of their machines.
Now that the line is in operation, I have to say we are very happy with the system. The quality that comes off the line is exceptional. Our customers really like the product. Working with Red Bud was a positive experience. Their people were good to work with and they made sure the equipment went in without any hassles and was up and running quickly. The new line has lived up to our expectations. We are very happy with our decision.”
AMIR YARI, PACKER YADPAZ PROFILES LTD
“As the thin gage, hot rolled market became more and more competitive in Israel, we realized that producing a “good” product was not enough. We wanted to separate ourselves from our competitors by being able to offer extremely flat, low stress material. After looking at our options, we decided that a Red Bud Line with a Stretcher Leveler would give us the capability to offer a product that no one else could match.
Now that our line is in operation, it is performing even better than we had expected. The Stretcher has lived up to its reputation. We are able to produce stress free material that stays flat even after secondary operations, no spring back! Laser cutters, in particular, have been enthusiastic about the product. Another of our goals was achieved by reducing the number of our shears, thanks to Red Bud’s Multi-Blanking System in our line.
The addition of Red Bud’s integrated line has not only increased our efficiency, but has given us a competitive advantage in our market at a time when every customer counts.”
NICOLAS HOLVOET, HOLVOET PLAATBEDRIJF NV
“We are very impressed by the Stretcher Leveler.
We wanted a line that could process high strength material, and guarantee an exceptionally flat product. We also wanted a system that would guarantee our customers better tolerances. After reviewing a number of manufacturers, we selected Red Bud Industries.
At Holvoet quality and service are the starting points in everything we do. The people at Red Bud Industries share these qualities and the same ‘hard working spirit’. During the vendor selection process, we recognized that the Red Bud Industries’ Line had several capabilities which were unique to our market. We were very impressed with their Stretcher Leveler as it delivers material free of internal stresses. This is very important to our most demanding customers.
We have been running for several months now and have excellent results. We are receiving orders from customers that – for diverse reasons – want extremely flat material and we are confident that this business will continue to grow in the coming months. It was a great experience working with Red Bud Industries. We thank them for their help and look forward to working with them in the future.”