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Union Partners Grows as Maksteel Acquires LexWest

Written by Tim Triplett

Maksteel, part of the Union Partners group of service centers, has completed the acquisition of LexWest Steel in Los Angeles. LexWest Steel is a full-line distributor of flat rolled steel products and will be rebranded as Maksteel USA under the expanding Union Partners portfolio.

Maksteel USA is a U.S. division of Maksteel, which is based in Canada. Maksteel’s geographic footprint and processing capabilities grow with this addition. Its U.S. distribution now spans from the Midwest and South regions to strategic locations in Los Angeles and a soon-to-be announced expansion in Arizona.

“LexWest is a trusted and familiar name, and I am confident that our LexWest team and operations will thrive under Maksteel,” said Union Partners co-founder Paul Douglass. “This acquisition allows us to continue our mission of providing superior service through strategic expansion and enhanced capabilities,” added Union Partners co-founder Chris Hutter.

LexWest Steel was founded in 2001 and currently operates out of Los Angeles, with sales offices in Arizona and Texas. Over the past 18 years, LexWest claims it has grown into one of the most successful independent service centers on the West Coast. The company offers slitting and cut-to-length capabilities, and carries a variety of hot rolled, cold rolled, coated and pre-painted flat rolled products. With the addition of LexWest, Maksteel now operates out of nine facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

Union Partners LLC is a hands-on holding company of metals and logistics companies. With 21 locations throughout North America, its operations include Maksteel, Contractors Steel, Mapes & Sprowl Steel, Lamination Specialties, Cortran and Chicago Steel. 

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