Kloeckner Metals Corp. has broken ground on a new service center facility in Parque Industrial O’Donnell Fase V, Aeropuerto in Queretaro, Mexico. The new 84,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in Spring 2022.
Servicing Querétaro, Mexico City, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Puebla and beyond, the Querétaro facility will supply hot-rolled pickled and oiled, cold-rolled, galvanized and coated steel, ultra-high strength carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel. It will boast a 72-inch slitter capable of processing a thickness range of 0.010 inches to 0.250 inches, a maximum coil weight of 80,000 pounds, a maximum tensile stress of 261 KSI and a maximum yield stress of 195 KSI.
“Through this strategic investment we will be able to further extend our specialized offering of complex, supply chain solutions to our key market segments with a specific focus on accelerating our growing position in automotive. Our General Manager Roberto Mercado and our Commercial Director Hugo Gonzalez, both of Kloeckner Mexico, have a great track record of success, and we are excited to provide them the opportunity to expand and deepen our already strong customer relationships in Mexico,” said CEO John Ganem.
The facility is built to service automotive, HVAC, and appliance manufacturers, alongside metal forming stampers and telecommunications and electronics enclosure builders. But, with an extensive product line and growing international footprint, Kloeckner Metals Querétaro is primed to not just supply manufacturers and builders from a wide range of industries, but also partner with customers on value added programs in both processing and supply chain, the company claims.
After 17 years servicing México out of Kloeckner Metals Monterrey, located in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, Kloeckner Metals Querétaro will be the company’s second facility in Mexico. Strategically located in the center of Mexico, the Querétaro facility will allow Kloeckner Metals to bring more value-added services, expanded processing capabilities, and just-in-time programs to customers across North America, the company claims. The facility will benefit from fully dedicated rail spur serviced by Kansas City Southern de Mexico.
“We are very excited by the opportunity that this significant investment in Mexico brings,” said Roberto Mercado, general manager of Kloeckner Mexico. “It’s not just that we’re supplying a wide range of value-added products that include carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum to Querétaro, a manufacturing center that services all of North America, we’re also bringing all of the benefits of our supply chain digitalization to our customers.”