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Former Owner, CEO of Fry Steel Passes Away

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Metal Center News has learned of the passing of service center industry veteran Steve Fry, who operated the Santa Fe Springs, Calif.-based service center company, Fry Steel. He retired at the end of 2019 when he sold the company to Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., Los Angeles.

Fry graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in business. He worked for General Tire and Rubber and Stauffer Chemical before joining Allen-Fry Steel in 1972.

The company became Fry Steel in 1979, when it relocated from Vernon, Calif., to Santa Fe Springs.

During his time heading up the business, the general line and long bar distributor grew to warehouse more than 140 grades in more than 9,000 sizes. It was known for its exemplary customer service, with same-day or next-day delivery throughout Southern California via its fleet of 32 trucks.

“We admired Fry Steel for many years prior to the acquisition last year. Steve Fry built a well-respected company in the metals industry and Fry Steel had a global reputation for stocking hard-to-find items. Steve was a strong presence in the industry for decades and was known for being extremely supportive of his employees,” said Jim Hoffman, president and CEO of Reliance.