How to Choose Your Toll Processor

3D rendering of various modes of transporation delivering steel coils.

Toll Processing and Cost Efficiency


Toll processing can be defined as performing a service on a customer’s product for a fee. In other words, the steel mill, end-user, or trading partner will make or purchase the material and ship the product to a processing facility. The processor will then work the material according to the customer specifications, then deliver the processed material to the destination directed by the customer.

The concept of outsourcing business support is a trend that is gaining in popularity. Company owners are making the decision to utilize toll processors primarily because it’s cost efficient. A materials processing service provider can move a project from the development stage all the way to full scale production. Also, a growing business might lack the facilities, manpower, storage space, or time required to process the necessary materials for their products, leading to shortfalls in efficiency and delivery. Additionally, toll processing service centers have experience and have made significant investments in equipment that can help take a project from concept to completion seamlessly.


Toll Processors as Consultants and Other Benefits of Toll Processing


As mentioned above, most companies choose to use a toll processor for cost efficiency. However, there are many additional benefits of having your steel products processed by a toll processing company. For example, toll processing companies can be very good consultants. Typically a “toller“ has processed a wide variety of materials under many conditions. This experience has curated a wealth of knowledge concerning the many twists and turns associated with processing various materials. Toll processors can offer the contracting company important information, including anticipating potential challenges that might be encountered when processing specific types of material. This information can prove very valuable in helping you to decide the best method in reaching your goals for a given size distribution, moisture content, or quality control procedure.

Other benefits of toll processing:

  • Faster time to completion.
  • Opportunity to expand your network by working with experienced professionals.
  • No capital investment or depreciation.
  • No detailed engineering requirements.
  • No floor space required.
  • No maintenance requirement.
  • No spare parts requirement.
  • No additional personnel required.
  • No new permits required for dust house discharge.
  • Quick turnaround times/no extended lead time for delivery or installation.
  • No advanced engineering skills necessary.
  • No additional permits.
  • No equipment-related maintenance expenses.
  • Freedom to adjust production levels at any time.

steel coils.

National Material Company: The Right Toll Processor for You

When looking for a company to contract with, consider a few key factors. Your chosen toll processor will become the link between you, your customers, and your product – a choice to not be taken lightly. Select a company that will not only make your manufacturing processes easier, but also a company that can reduce risk, add to your bottom line, and put you ahead of the competition. Your toll processor should have supply chain management experience, and have a quality assurance program and control procedures in place.

National Material Company (NMC) covers a wide range of services for our clients. This includes services such as slitting, configured blanking & stamping, cut-to-length processing, pickle & oil, galvanizing / galvannealing, product storage, shipping, quality analysis, and more. NMC also offers warehousing and is onsite/adjacent to Midwest steel mills. We process over one million tons per year, so we have plenty of experience with bulk steel processing. We offer competitive high-quality supply chain solutions.

Here’s why NMC is the right toll processor for you:

● Timing flexibility. We have equipment and staff in place to help you get a new or adjusted product to market fast.
● Duration flexibility. Whether you need expanded capacity on a temporary or permanent basis, we’re here.
● Quality control. We provide assurance of finished product quality, protecting your brand in the marketplace.

Our strategic geographic positioning allows for unmatched water, rail, and roadway logistical advantage. We offer toll processing at several locations:

● Plant 1 – Riverdale, OH. and Chicago, IL. (pickling & slitting)
● Plant 2 – Chicago, IL. (slitting)
● Plant 3 – East Chicago, IN. (pickling)
● Port of Illinois – East Chicago, IN. (slitting)
● Ohio – Mansfield, OH. (slitting)

A table with all NMP plant specifications

About National Material Company

National Material Company is a premiere steel processing partner serving all of your steel processing needs, including but not limited to: hot rolled steel, cold rolled steel, cut-to-length processing, precision blanking processing, grain oriented and non-oriented electrical steel, annealing capability, carbon flat-rolled steel pickling, precision slitting, complete metallurgical lab and testing facilities, pre-painted steel rolling, galvanized, aluminized and other coated metals.

Become a customer today! Visit NMC at or contact sales via our website, or call us at 847-806-7200.

2020-07-15T20:49:18+00:00 June 15th, 2020|News Blog, NMC Media|