Steel Service Center Spotlight: National Blanking

National Blanking steel service center is a joint venture between National Material Company and Heidtman Steel Products which have enjoyed the synergy of working together for decades to provide quality products to their customers. Partnering to offer customers first operational blanks, including a strong expertise in high-strength low alloy steels, and Advanced High-Strength Steel.

Originally built in 1959 as Toledo Pickling and Steel Service, the facility operated a batch pickler, numerous slitters, and level lines. Toledo Pickling grew rapidly and outpaced the building, resulting in the purchase of another facility down the road where the first blanking press was installed. Incorporated as Toledo Blank Inc. (TBI) in 1974,  the company cultivated a reputation as one of the foremost blankers in the country. TBI’s excellence in blanking continued with its new ownership when New Technology Steel acquired the business in 2003.

That tradition followed and prospered under Heidtman Steel with their acquisition of the facility in 2009. In December 2016, Heidtman and National Material Company grew its partnership with the genesis of the joint venture National Blanking LLC. The newly-structured JV allows National Blanking the opportunity to leverage new resources, to tap a larger, more diversified sales force, and to chart a new course for profitable growth.

“What sets National Blanking apart from our competition is our customer-centric commitment to excellence.  We understand our customers’ gold standards in regards to quality, service, and on-time delivery. Every employee strives to exceed those expectations every single day,” says Matt McCaffrey, General Manager of National Blanking and 15-year employee. “My favorite part of working at National Blanking is our people. Most of our staff have been with us for more than a decade which has helped cultivate a true sense of family in our work environment.  I couldn’t ask for a better team to work with.”

Picture of Matt McCaffrey - General Manager of National Blanking

National Blanking offers a broad range of blanking and steel services covering a wide scope of industries. The facility supports press sizes up to 1200 tons with bed sizes up to 84” x 120”, coils up to 55,500 lbs. and 72” wide, with a gauge range of .020 – .500. Other capabilities include circle blanking utilizing multi-cavity tooling with an expansive selection of diameter components that allow the retrofitting of existing tooling to provide low cost solutions for our customers. Our on-site die shop supports flexible value-added services including blank-through, compound, and progressive blanking.

Four stacks of circular steel blanks with someone adding an additional blank to a stack

National Blanking serves the following industries: Tanks & Pressure vessels, Agriculture, Appliance, Automotive, Construction, Drums/Containers, Energy, Filters, Furniture, Heavy Equipment, Heavy Truck, HVAC, Lighting, and more. Steel products made at National Blanking are used in wheels, hot water heaters, compressors, trucks and trailers, and medical equipment.

“We strive to build a culture of employee empowerment. We focus on giving our employees not only the training and skills to perform their jobs, but the opportunity and encouragement to engage in all processes and future opportunities for our company,” McCaffrey continues, “the sky is the limit for us. With our knowledge and experience in the industry, we strive to continue our commitment to excellence and remain one of the leaders in our industry.”

National Blanking is located at 135 N. Fearing Blvd., Toledo OH.. 43607 – connect by phone (419) 385-0636

National Blanking is a joint venture between Heidtman Steel Company and National Material.

Interested in careers at National Blanking? Contact: Becky Riley at

2018-10-17T19:27:48+00:00 October 17th, 2018|News Blog, NMC Media|