Toll Processors

Liberty Closes on MSP Acquisition

Written by Tim Triplett

Liberty Steel Products Holdings is now the majority owner of Mississippi Steel Processing (MSP), located on the campus of Steel Dynamics’ Columbus, Miss., flat roll mill. MSP will continue offering a complete array of toll steel processing services in the Southeast and surrounding markets and looks to build on its position as an independent steel processor.

“We look forward to our partnership with MSP and enhancing its steel processing capabilities,” stated Jim Grasso, president and CEO of Liberty Steel Products.

MSP’s 245,000-square-foot toll processing facility offers slitting, leveling and cut-to-length in gauges from 0.015 to 0.625 with annual capacity of 750,000 tons. The company will add light-gauge slitting capacity by the end of this year and plans to install new heavy gauge stretcher leveling and blanking equipment in 2019.

“These enhancements following our acquisition are part of our plan to improve the ranges of steel products, quality, capacity and timely availability of toll steel processing throughout the southern U.S. market,” Grasso said.

“We are excited for the future of MSP and our partnership with Liberty,” added Chip Gerber, president of MSP. “The experience and reputation of Liberty in the industry is a welcome addition to our team at MSP. The planned enhancements with our processing capabilities will better align MSP with our customers’ strategic objectives.”

Liberty’s holdings now include Liberty Steel Products with operations in both North Jackson and Hubbard, Ohio; Liberty Steel Building Products; Welded Tubes, Inc. of Orwell, Ohio; and Mississippi Steel Products, Columbus, Miss.

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