Service Centers

Norfolk Reprises Metalwest Brand in OFR Acquisition

Written by Tim Triplett

The service center sector will witness the return of a familiar old name in the new year. Norfolk Iron & Metal Co. has closed on its acquisition of O’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR), which will now go to market under its former moniker Metalwest.

Norfolk Iron purchased OFR from O’Neal Industries, based in Birmingham, Ala. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition will enhance Norfolk Iron’s geographic footprint by adding eight new locations, while also expanding its product lines and capabilities for processing flat rolled carbon, stainless and aluminum products, the company said. All members of OFR’s management team will continue in their current roles, with Jeff Simons remaining as president and CEO.

“Investment in our business has always been an important part of our commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers. OFR is a natural fit with our current operations and brings complementary capabilities with the same reputation for outstanding service,” said Richard Robinson, president of Norfolk Iron.

Metalwest’s eight locations house over 650,000 square feet of processing and warehousing capabilities, offering customers sheet and coil materials including stainless, aluminum, hot rolled, cold rolled and galvanized.

Norfolk Iron is a family owned and operated metals service center based in Norfolk, Neb. Its five locations offer customers sheet, plate, long products and tubing, as well as advanced value-added services with a growing array of processing equipment. 

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