Steel mills aim to produce prime steel. But it’s inevitable to make some mistakes while producing. Product can be off gauge or not quite straight or flat. Tubing and pipe can have mid-welds, splits and windows. Product could be cut for a customer at the wrong specifications and custom cut for a customer can leave usable short pieces. Steel sitting in a warehouse too long can have what is called warehouse rust or can simply have become an overstocked item. Tubing and pipe can have splinter welds or zipper welds. Both are structurally sound but not very pretty. There are many other reasons for usable steel products to be labeled secondary.

While secondary steel is not prime with mill certification, it is still very good for many of our uses. If you don’t need mill certification, secondary steel can be the right choice. If you are cutting smaller pieces, rust is not a problem, or you simply want to save a lot of money in material costs, you should consider secondary steel.

We choose our secondary materials carefully. If you are going to have too much waste it is not worth the savings. We try to match the right product to the customer in need. We want repeat business and we believe that a happy customer will come back.

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