On May 17th and 18th 2016, Bergsen Metals’ Sales Representative, Sean Bradley, visited TimkenSteel’s Faircrest and Gambrinus plants in Canton, OH to see firsthand how domestic product is manufactured. The event was sponsored by the MSCI.
TimkenSteel is self-described as “a top focused special bar quality, or SBQ, steelmaker in North America.” So, when the opportunity arose for a Bergsen team member to learn more about what Bergsen Metals does best, it was something that could not be missed.
During the visit, Sean and his tour group were privy to many of the details in the steelmaking process that are often forgotten by the time material hits distribution lines. TimkenSteel provided an expert Metallurgist who spoke to the attendees and showed examples of imperfections in the metal, how the testing process works during steelmaking, and of course testing of the final product. In addition to steelmaking, the tour group was given visibility to TimkenSteel’s piercing mill used to manufacture seamless mechanical tubing from solid rod bar. Finally, the tour concluded with a demonstration of the quenching and tempering lines to which Sean said “It was interesting to watch when you didn’t know exactly how the process was done.”
Bergsen Metals and Sean would like to extend thanks to Jeff Grubich, Paul Hodson, Len Skillings and everyone else at the Timken plant for a great tour and class session. It is an invaluable experience to further the knowledge of our associates in the metal industry.
As for metals distribution, Bergsen Metals stocks full lines of steel grades along the lines of what TimkenSteel manufacturers. Bergsen Metals can supply 1018 cold rolled in all shapes, 1215 rounds, 12L14 rounds, 1144 Stressproof round bar, and 1045 TG&P, 4140 alloy bar, 4130 alloy steel, as well as stainless steel products.