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McDonald Steel Acquires Cleveland Plate Processor General Steel

Written by Laura Miller

Engineered shapes producer McDonald Steel Corp. is adding plate processing capabilities to its portfolio via the acquisition of General Steel Corp.

Mac Steel GSC Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of McDonald Steel, recently acquired the assets of General Steel, a Cleveland-based plate service center and processor, for an undisclosed sum.

The addition of plate processing capabilities naturally complements McDonald’s line of specialty hot-rolled shapes, according to McDonald Steel president Jim Grasso.

Additionally, the “partnership will enable us to more fully serve our current customers, particularly those related to rail transportation and infrastructure reinvestment, and will pave the way for increased penetration of the construction and agriculture markets,” Grasso said.

General Steel will continue to operate as its own stand-alone company.

McDonald Steel, a company represented on the Steel Manufacturers Association’s Board of Directors, is based in eastern Ohio in the village of McDonald — just about halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. The company was founded in 1981 on the site of US Steel’s McDonald Works which were shuttered by the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker in 1979.

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