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Contractors Expanding West, Consolidating in Michigan

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Chicago-based UPG Enterprises, a strategic operator of metals and logistics companies, will expand Contractors Steel west into Arizona; growing the geographic footprint of both brands. In anticipation, UPG has consolidated the Contractors Steel Livonia, Mich., plant into its Van Buren, Mich., facility.

The plan to consolidate the operations in Michigan will help streamline production and eliminate duplicate inventory, UPG claims. Equipment from the Livonia site will be moved to better serve other Contractors Steel markets.

"As we have now freed up floor space in Livonia, this affords the opportunity to build upon our steel processing hub and grow our participation with downstream businesses who can utilize UPG's raw material supply experience," said Steve Letnich, COO of Contractors Steel. "The progressive improvement within the facilities and operational procedures will continue to bring Contractors Steel to the forefront of the steel industry."

"UPG is committed to taking the Contractors Steel brand nationwide and we anticipate an Arizona location to lead the expansion out west," said Chris Sekella, executive vice president of U.S. operations at UPG.

Contractors Steel was formerly operated by 2015 Metal Center News Executive of the Year Donald Simon. The company was sold to Union Partners LLC in 2018. Union Partners rebranded as UPG earlier this year.

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