21 08, 2018

How National Material Optimizes the Supply Chain

2018-08-21T19:40:36+00:00 August 21st, 2018|News Blog, NMC Media|

National Material Company is known nationwide as an American-based supplier of steel products, but what sets us apart from the crowd?

In the world of metal manufacturers, most can process steel with similar capabilities, however the real competition comes into play when the strength of the companies’ supply chains are compared.

Here at National Material Company, we believe that our supply chain management is among the best in the industry, and we aim to pass on the cost benefit of our organizational skills to our customers.

NMC’s VA/VE team includes some of the most experienced business professionals in the world, bringing their proficiency and experience in delivering cost reduction to every project that we undertake. Through a variety of programs, we provide logistical services to customers operating on critical-path production timetables or manufacturers seeking to reduce their inventory carrying and handling expenses.

Below is an overview of the cost optimization programs that NMC employs.

13 steel service centers across North America

Our 13 plants have a processing capability of over 2,000,000 tons per year, and a total of 3.2 million square feet under roof.

Our plants are strategically located to save our customers on freight and shipping costs, which often ends up being a significant chunk of an OEM’s orders to a manufacturer.

  • 13 plants with processing capability of over 2,000,000 tons/year
  • 2 million square feet under roof
  • Plants strategically located to save you freight costs (Truck, Rail, Barge, etc.)
  • Access to expanded capabilities through our parent Company National Material Limited Partnership as well as multiple joint ventures partnerships.

Scrap programs

As much as we aim to reduce waste in our operations, it’s inevitable that in the product creation process a certain amount of scrap is left behind.

NMC is well-aware of the true economic value that robust scrap recycling programs can have.

Our programs include:

Scrap management programs:

  • Recycling containers and scheduled pickups
  • Logistics and transport
  • Brokerage services

Environmental benefits

  • NMC is committed to being environmentally responsible
  • Sustainable recycling programs reduce landfill waste
  • We are experienced in handling all materials, hazardous or otherwise

Inventory management

As stated above, National Material Company has over 3.2 million square feet of space under roof, a great deal of that space being dedicated to our inventory management initiatives.

NMC has developed a systematic process of steel inventory management services that we provide to our customers. Our management system is under constant revision and regularly undergoes enhancements that improve its value for our customers

MBE certified

As a minority-owned business, National Material is poised to help large corporations for their service and vendor needs.

Are you looking for a full-service MBE steel manufacturer with certification? Do your contracts require you to partner with an MBE-certified company? Look no further than National Material Company and gain the strategic advantage that only a diverse, MBE-certified company can provide.

Federal and state tax incentives

Companies that do business with minority-owned businesses can see benefits in the form of tax incentives, rebates, and breaks. A wide variety of governmental agencies will offer tax savings and credits for work contracted with an MBE certified company.

Our certification offers OEMs an opportunity to make a significant tax savings on their operations by optimizing their yearly spending on MBE business and increasing their ROI.

Stamping die solutions

National Material offers comprehensive knowledge and expert skill in high precision metal stamping dies, allowing us to achieve an extremely high level of accuracy.

Our stamping solutions are designed to create value for our customers in their turnkey operations by giving them an unmatched degree of confidence in the quality of the parts we’ve created for them. Advantages include: higher return on capital investment, quicker time to market, and drastically increased plant productivity.

By employing our stamping die solutions, National Material has achieved a level of manufacturing productivity and cost reduction through increasing our accuracy, and the cost savings is reflected onto our customers.

About National Material L.P. – National Material Limited Partnership and its affiliates have a long history of quality and service dating back to 1964. Since its founding, National Material L.P. has grown to over 30 business units and is now one of the largest suppliers of steel in America. The National Material group of industrial businesses consists of the Steel Group, Stainless and Alloys Group, Raw Material Trading Group, Aluminum Group, and Related Operations.

8 08, 2018

How Metal Manufacturing Supports the Agricultural Industry

2018-08-08T19:12:21+00:00 August 8th, 2018|News Blog, NMC Media|

 When you think of farming what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Rows of crops? Animals in a barn? Bails of hay perhaps? All these things are likely be found on farms but what is often forgotten about is the equipment that makes all these elements possible. From feeding pails to tractors to silos, the metal manufacturing industry is intrinsically linked to the agricultural industry. Modern farming is extremely efficient, mostly thanks to the industrialized nature of the facilities filled with factory-like machines. We will explore how the steel industry supports the agriculture and farming industry, the advantages it provides, and how National Material Company is prepared to supply the necessary materials to agricultural OEMS. 

How is steel used in the agriculture and farming industry? 

The agriculture industry is becoming increasingly competitive because of the efficiency of the operations. With higher quality metals, agricultural machine manufacturers create more reliable, efficient machines that translate into better farming. Steel is found in a variety of farming equipment including:

  • Storage facilities like barns and silos
  • Harvesting equipment like tractors, cotton pickers, hay balers, etc.
  • Greenhouses
  • Livestock management equipment like fencing, feeding pails, milk machines, etc.
  • General operation equipment like forklifts, watering systems, drains, etc.

What’s the advantage of using steel in agriculture and farming?

Agriculture and farming is dirty business; filled with heat, dirt, chemicals, and various harsh elements from the great outdoors. This means that farming equipment is susceptible to being easily corroded, creating a demand for tougher, resilient equipment. This is where steel comes in. Hot-dip galvanized steel provides corrosion protection that can often last for decades, even when exposed to the harsh environment of farming.

Stainless steel is also utilized for its surface properties. With a standard, shiny finish, it makes it particularly easy to clean. Also, in applications like dairy farming, the smooth finish is important because of the need to maintain microbiological quality in the raw milk.

What can NMC provide for agricultural and farming equipment companies?

As an increasingly competitive industry, having the best source for metal fabrication is critical for any agricultural OEM. National Material Company is capable of providing a wide variety of metals including galvanized steel and advanced high-strength steel, as well as steel processing like blanking and pickling, to these manufacturers.

Our experienced team can provide an array of materials with good design, maximum corrosion resistance, and do so with accelerated customer service. Whether you’re looking to build small parts for a milking machine, or large sheets of metal for a grain silo, NMC can serve you. With our ISO- 9002 certification, you have reassurance that your farming equipment is produced with the highest quality standards.

About National Material L.P. – Since its founding in 1964, National Material Limited Partnership has grown to over 30 business units and is now one of the largest suppliers of steel in America. The National Material group of industrial businesses consists of the Steel Group, Stainless and Alloys Group, Raw Material Trading Group, Aluminum Group, and Related Operations.

If you believe your company can benefit from our services, please visit us at http://www.nationalmaterial.com/or call (U.S.) 847-806-7200 to discuss how we can be of service.