High Steel Service Center LLC
In a multi-year market research study, we determined that our industry’s top concern is the flatness of sheet and plate steel. Meeting this need for panel-flat, stress-free material required investment. In evaluating new equipment, we determined that stretcher leveling technology has evolved to become the price of admission to the marketplace. We chose a Red Bud Industries’ Stretcher Leveler because of its outstanding performance, the company’s strong reputation, and our excellent ongoing relationship.
With Red Bud’s responsive and knowledgeable service, our new Stretcher Leveler was up and running on schedule. Now we produce HIGHSL, the first panelflat, stress-free sheet and plate in our geographic area. Customer response has been overwhelming, and we have earned new business from fabricators and OEMs who recognize that truly flat steel can substantially reduce their operating costs.
Red Bud is a valued partner in our business success.
Ric Price, Lee Steel Corporation
We were primarily in the slitting business. When we decided to get into blanking, we wanted a line that would help us make a statement that Lee Steel was committed to supplying a quality product to our customers.
We bought a Red Bud because we considered them the “Cadillac” of the industry. Now that the line is in operation, we are very happy with our decision. They build the most advanced Multi-Blanking Line in the industry. We can run sheets or multi-blank. We can run material for the automotive or the appliance industry. The line has an advanced fully automatic cassette type Roller Leveler and a Stretcher Leveler. It pretty much does everything!
Our customers are sold on the product. Everyone that has tried it has become a repeat customer. Startup was painless and the line produced a quality product right from the start. We were so impressed with the line that we have already bought a second one.
Rich Merlo, JDM Steel Service Inc.
“We’re HRS guys. We operated the first 1/2″ x 96″ wide temper mill in the country in the late 90′s, so we know tempering. Tempering is great, but it’s an art and very operator dependent. Stretcher leveling is more of a science and all about brute force. We’ve seen plenty of shape “induced” into a HRS coil from a temper mill. There is no question that the tempered material is a great product, but the Stretcher is virtually bulletproof. The Stretcher is more user friendly, easier to operate, and cheaper to maintain. When work orders are completed, we no longer ask how the material came out. We already know. It’s dead flat.”
Paul Batty, Midway Metals
“We were looking for a new line to help better position ourselves in the market. We decided to go with Red Bud because of their reputation, service, and innovative designs. We felt their stretcher leveling technology would give us the opportunity to offer our customers a superior level of flatness. Now that the line is in, I have to say it performs as advertised. We have people that ask for our product due to the flatness we can produce and some customers have already told us they will not order from anywhere else.”
Glenn Sylvester, McNeilus Steel
“The new line really gives us an edge, our customers love the product!
We already had two Red Bud Stretchers at our Dodge Center facility so our customers were used to getting stretcher leveled material. So when we decided to get our own line, Red Bud was the obvious choice. We are very pleased with the new line, it has given us a real edge in our market. Our customers really appreciate the great quality and the flat product the line produces. With Red Bud, you don’t get any surprises, they do what they say. It’s quality equipment, great stuff!”
Mark Ratner, Ratner Steel
“Our existing equipment did a good job, but we needed to be able to guarantee the flatness that only a Stretcher Leveler could deliver. We considered other manufacturers, but decided to go with Red Bud. Their machine offered the best features and they had the most experience and expertise. They were also able to retrofit their system into our existing equipment. We were so impressed, we bought two. We have to say, we were surprised with the ease of installation. It took very little time to be trained to run the equipment. Red Bud provided excellent training, and they were very professional. Everything they said happened. Now that the units are in operation, they are performing even better than we expected. Our customers love it!”
David Bernstein, State Steel Supply Company
“We were looking for a new Cut-To-Length Line for our Omaha facility. We had heard good things about Red Bud’s Stretcher Levelers, so we decided to take a look. We were impressed with what they offered, so we decided to buy one of their machines.
Now that the line is in operation, I have to say we are very happy with the system. The quality that comes off the line is exceptional. Our customers really like the product. Working with Red Bud was a positive experience. Their people were good to work with and they made sure the equipment went in without any hassles and was up and running quickly. The new line has lived up to our expectations. We are very happy with our decision.”
Amir Yari, Packer Yadpaz Profiles Ltd
“As the thin gage, hot rolled market became more and more competitive in Israel, we realized that producing a “good” product was not enough. We wanted to separate ourselves from our competitors by being able to offer extremely flat, low stress material. After looking at our options, we decided that a Red Bud Line with a Stretcher Leveler would give us the capability to offer a product that no one else could match.
Now that our line is in operation, it is performing even better than we had expected. The Stretcher has lived up to its reputation. We are able to produce stress free material that stays flat even after secondary operations, no spring back! Laser cutters, in particular, have been enthusiastic about the product. Another of our goals was achieved by reducing the number of our shears, thanks to Red Bud’s Multi-Blanking System in our line.
The addition of Red Bud’s integrated line has not only increased our efficiency, but has given us a competitive advantage in our market at a time when every customer counts.”
Scott Schultz, Phoenix Metals
“We’re Up To Seven And Counting
We bought our first line from Red Bud in 1997. At the time, we felt they offered the best capabilities and the most value for our money. Ultimately, their equipment proved to be a good value while providing superior performance. So, when we needed a second line, we went back to Red Bud. That has been several years ago, and today we are up to our seventh installation.
We have come to rely on Red Bud as they have become an integral part of our business. Our customers have come to expect a high quality product, and with our Red Bud’s, they are never disappointed.”
Tom Kennard, United Performance Metals
“Our old line was inefficient and unreliable. We needed a new line that could meet our customers’ requirements for flatness and length tolerances. It had to be a fast, reliable, and very productive line capable of producing high quality sheet product.
We contacted Red Bud to schedule a visit. We were impressed by their line’s speed, length control, and ability to shear directly into box skids.
Once installed, we were pleased with how short the learning curve was for our new line. Our operators were at the controls and producing high quality material right away.
We service the aerospace, medical, automotive, chemical, and petrochemical industries. In addition to being pleased with the product, customers that have visited us are very impressed with the line.
To me, the Red Bud name stands for “high quality and efficient machinery”. We considered the other guys, but in the end, we chose Red Bud.”
Jacques Couture, Russel Metals Inc.
“For accuracy, ease of installation, service reputation, and warranty, you can’t beat Red Bud.
We needed to increase our market share in the flat rolled market so we gave Red Bud a call. We decided to purchase a Red Bud Cut-To-Length Line because of its demonstrated cutting accuracy and ease of installation along with Red Bud’s five year warranty and their stellar service reputation. I’m pleased to report that our new Red Bud Line is extremely reliable and easy to use. We’re now able to offer a high quality finished product to our customers.”
Why did you buy the new line?
What did you hope to gain or accomplish?
“To increase our market share in the flat rolled segment. To gain flexibility on our cutting schedule.”
What markets do you or will you pursue with the line?
“We are pursuing the HVAC, appliance, and transportation market segments.”
Why did you buy the line from Red Bud?
“For its cutting accuracy, ease of installation, warranty, and service reputation.”
Did the line do everything you had hoped?
“Yes, the equipment is very reliable. The after sales service is excellent.”
Have you picked up new business as a direct result of the new line?
“Indeed, we are now able to offer a better finished product than our competition in most cases.”
List any additional comments relating to tolerances, efficiency, experience with installation and startup, or Red Bud personnel in general.
“The line upon delivery was almost 100% debugged which made the start up very easy. The technician that was on site during the final installation was excellent. The regular after sales follow up is appreciated.”
Tom Boriack, Curtis Steel Company, Ltd.
“The time had come for us to replace some older processing lines. We needed a new line that could increase our production efficiency and processing capacity as well as improve the quality of the products we deliver to our customers. We felt that a Red Bud Multi-Blanking Line was exactly what we needed. No other line can match the speed, flexibility, and reliability of a Red Bud.
Our new Red Bud Line has done everything that we’ve asked of it. Our sales force is now able to pursue orders from a variety of different industries with the confidence of knowing our processing equipment will be able to produce it within tolerance and without limits. We also have the added comfort of knowing Red Bud’s terrific service and extensive parts supply will keep us running and serving our customers.”
Todd Fogel, Basic Metals, Inc.
“When we purchased a new Cut-To-Length Line a few years ago, we went with Red Bud. Because of our positive experience and our satisfaction with the first line, we decided to go with them when we bought our new Slitter. We needed a line that would allow us to process wider coils, heavier gage material, and produce a higher quality product. We also wanted a line that was safer to operate and we liked the new innovations and safety features Red Bud had developed. Now that it is installed, the line does everything we had hoped. We have already picked up new business. Red Bud’s personnel are easy to work with and are very cooperative.”
Dennis Erickson, Raco Steel Company
“Before purchasing our new line, we talked to many different people that owned or had experience with Red Bud Industries’ Lines. All were extremely satisfied. I also looked at competitor’s equipment but just felt they weren’t as well put together. I always felt Red Bud wasn’t trying to oversell their equipment. The line has done everything we have asked and more. It allows quick turnarounds for fast deliveries and produces tolerances closer than we thought possible. I have been very pleased with the performance and durability of the line. Our experience with Red Bud has been very good.”
Nicolas Holvoet, Holvoet Plaatbedrijf NV
“We are very impressed by the Stretcher Leveler.
We wanted a line that could process high strength material, and guarantee an exceptionally flat product. We also wanted a system that would guarantee our customers better tolerances. After reviewing a number of manufacturers, we selected Red Bud Industries.
At Holvoet quality and service are the starting points in everything we do. The people at Red Bud Industries share these qualities and the same ‘hard working spirit’. During the vendor selection process, we recognized that the Red Bud Industries’ Line had several capabilities which were unique to our market. We were very impressed with their Stretcher Leveler as it delivers material free of internal stresses. This is very important to our most demanding customers.
We have been running for several months now and have excellent results. We are receiving orders from customers that – for diverse reasons – want extremely flat material and we are confident that this business will continue to grow in the coming months. It was a great experience working with Red Bud Industries. We thank them for their help and look forward to working with them in the future.”
Michael Deitcher, Alliance Steel Corporation
“Several months ago we started to plan for the purchase of a new 1/4″ (6.35 mm) x 72″ (1828 mm) Multi-Blanking Line. At that time, the market for steel service centers in the USA and in Canada was looking pretty dismal. However, with the help of Red Bud, we were able to make the next step. As it turned out, the timing for the purchase could not have been better. The new line has been a great success. The installation went beautifully and the line started processing coil exactly on time. Alliance Steel Corporation will always be proud to be a showcase for Red Bud’s Equipment.”
Roger Shafi, Clifton Steel
“Our new Red Bud Multi-Blanking Line has set a new standard for accuracy and performance. The quality of the product the line produces has had a considerable impact on our customer base and the range of products we offer. The new line has already increased our business. Orders were up 10% in the first month alone, and we project an increase of more than 100% for the year.”
Tom Brown, Cincinnati Steel Products
“The mere mention of Red Bud Industries has opened doors that were previously closed. We’re running 2-3 times faster than ever before and holding ± .005″ (.127 mm) tolerances. The squareness tolerance is spectacular. They thought of every detail and the operators love how easy the line is to run. Red Bud’s commitment to service is seen through their personnel. We’re confident that they’ll be there for us over the long haul.”
Don Morgan, Block Steel
“Our new Red Bud Multi-Blanking Line produces dead flat blanks with ±.005″ (.127 mm) length and width tolerances on even the most surface critical exposed applications. The line performs as promised. With Red Bud’s multi-blanking technology and a Roller Leveler, we are able to produce the highest quality parts possible. From installation to service, everything was handled in an extremely professional manner.”
Michael Petersen, Petersen Aluminum Corporation
“I wanted to let you know it has been a pleasure working with Red Bud. The installation of the second line went as smoothly as the first. We’re very pleased with both lines; they do everything you said they would. The systems have given us a real competitive advantage. The Multi-Blanking feature alone has helped to reduce production time on some jobs by as much as 80%.
Before we decided to purchase our first line, we looked at several manufacturers’ equipment. Out of all the lines we reviewed, Red Bud clearly offered the best capabilities of any system we considered. It was evident we were getting the most value for our money. When we needed a second line, your system was again the obvious choice. “