In 1972, with solid Metal Service Center experience and a lot of entrepreneurial gumption, Joe Dombrowski founded Pennsylvania Steel & Aluminum Company.
Beginning from a 2,500 sq. ft. warehouse in Huntington Valley Pennsylvania, and two trucks, Joe’s company offered hot-rolled, structural steel, and aluminum to Philadelphia manufacturers. He knew that a nimble company who provided fast service and attention to customer needs could succeed.
The business grew rapidly and in 1973 Joe acquired an additional 12,500 sq. ft. of warehousing space to allow for more inventory. This initial expansion marked the beginning of a logical and sustained pattern of growth for the company that continues to this day.
By the early 1980’s, with sales and inventory growing, Joe identified Cold Finished Bars as a product with the demand that extended well beyond the Philadelphia marketplace. Pennsylvania Steel built inventory to follow that demand and along the way gained a national reputation as a product specialist.
To better reflect their market position, Pennsylvania Steel & Aluminum Company shortened its name to Pennsylvania Steel Company in 1988.
Expansion plans ramped up in 1993 when we relocated to an 80,000 square foot warehouse and office facility in Bensalem, PA. This facility remains the home base for the entire company.
Pennsylvania Steel made its first business acquisition in 1997 when it acquired, Lucas Metals located in York, PA. This significant expansion brought more Aluminum and Stainless Steel strength as well as doubling the market area into Central Pennsylvania.
2001 provided an opportunity to acquire a local Tool Steel Distributor. This expansion again broadened the inventory mix and customer base.
In 2003, Pennsylvania Steel did a greenfield expansion into northern New Jersey. This operation ultimately led to increasing the market footprint to include all of New Jersey as well as the greater New York City marketplace.
As its regional footprint continued to expand, PSC also began broadening its product line to better meet the needs of its customers and the marketplace as a whole.
The New England Division was opened as a green-field operation in the summer of 2005, further extending the geographic marketplace.
September of 2007 saw the acquisition of Bethlehem Aluminum in Allentown Pa. This acquisition of this 40-year-old Aluminum specialist company broadened and strengthened Pennsylvania Steel’s position in the Aluminum market as well as northeastern Pennsylvania.
2011 and 2012 were busy years. In September of 2011, Schwartz Steel, a 40-year-old Carbon Bar Specialist in Gastonia NC was acquired and became the North Carolina Division. Shortly thereafter, in February of 2012, the Richmond VA Division was founded on the purchase of the Winchester Metals, located in Powhatan VA. In November of 2012, Metal Connections, an Aluminum Plate specialist in Long Island NY was acquired and became the Long Island Division.
The results of growth in 2011 and 2012 are now our North Carolina Division, Virginia Division, and Long Island Division. What were 3 facilities totaling 45,000 square feet are now 4 locations totaling 175,000 square feet.
2016 began with the acquisition of Erie Metals, a cold finished bar specialist in Berea Ohio. In the fall of 2020, our Cleveland Division relocated to a larger warehouse also in Cuyahoga Hights, OH.
The Pittsburgh marketplace was opened for business in 2017. They too have already relocated to a larger warehouse in McKees Rocks in 2018.
Today, PSC provides seven strong core products with an abundance of diversity within each category. Joe’s company has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1972.
Success was not random though, as each expansion and acquisition was based on the original concept of teamwork, top-notch customer service, quality product at competitive prices, and next day delivery. This philosophy has resulted in relationships with customers and vendors that have lasted over 45 years.
Today, PSC remains poised for more growth. Founder Joe Dombrowski still takes a hands-on approach with the business and drives our success. His leadership team and staff are committed to carrying his legacy into the future.