Metal Processing Company Relocates to Centralia, Bringing About 60 Jobs

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Ryerson Holding Corporation, taking advantage of close proximity to Interstate 5 and a central location for its West Region operations serving Idaho, Oregon and Washington, is relocating its Renton plant to a new facility in Centralia.

The move will bring in about 60 employees to the Hub City with its 215,000-square-foot facility at 3010 Harrison Avenue. The site will be used to ship orders and also to process metal, including aluminum, stainless steel and carbon steel. Initial site development started this week. The new building should be ready for business likely in the third quarter of 2022. The company will start taking in local applications this fall in anticipation of starting to hire in the second quarter of 2022. Jobs will be filled with both existing employees from the Renton facility that is set for closure and also from the local labor market.

Ryerson processes and distributes metal products and is one of the largest metal suppliers with operations in the United States, Mexico, Canada and China, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Started in 1842 in Chicago, the company now has an extensive network of warehouses, service centers and facilities to serve all metal needs. Today Ryersonhas about 100 similar facilities across the United States and Mexico.

Steven Bosway, Ryerson’s West Region President, said key to its decision to relocate is a positive experience with Centralia and Lewis County government cooperation.

“It has been very positive during this process,” Bosway said. “Every person we’ve worked with has been positive.”

The relocation to Centralia was prompted by a slow and steady move of its customers from the Seattle area to Portland, with about 65 percent of clients locating south of Seattle.

“Logistically this new site gives us a better advantage to serve our customers in Oregon, Washington and Idaho,” he said.

Bosway said Lewis Economic Development Council External Relations Manager Eric Sonnenberg was helpful in the process.

“Eric was helpful in understanding the ins and outs of the county and he knows the city,” Bosway said. “Eric was the catalyst to bring all the attendees to the groundbreaking (earlier this month).”

Lewis Economic Development Council Executive Director Richard DeBolt welcomes the relocated business to Centralia.

“Centralia and all of Lewis County is starting to get the attention of businesses from outside of Southwest Washington. The LEDC is proud to be part of the relocation of Ryerson and the 60 jobs will just add to our growing economic base.”

Bosway said Ryerson is well positioned for continued growth. So far 2021 has been a solid year for the company and 2022 appears to continue with that positive trend.

“We’re excited to be coming to Centralia,” Bosway said.

 

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