Era of Growth:

Joseph T. Ryerson opened a little iron store on the Chicago River in 1842. By the beginning of the 20th century, the company expanded its operations to New York.

After The Fire

In 1871, nearly 30 years after opening, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed the little iron store. Unwavering, Joseph T. Ryerson immediately reopened in temporary quarters.


Rise of the Automobile

Just after the turn of the century, Ford Motor Company Incorporated began producing vehicles. Ryerson began supplying the auto manufacturer with large supplies of steel.


New Facilities

In 1908, Ryerson moved to a larger facility at 16th and Rockwell. A year later, the company opened a warehouse in New York, marking the move outside of Chicago.

Era of Expansion:

The Ryerson inventory expands, adding full stocks of stainless steel and aluminum. Policies and standards are codified as the company grows into a giant based on great service.

New Alloys

Industry is booming. There's a growing demand for steel from railroads and auto manufacturers. Ryerson adds stocks of alloys and stainless steel to serve the growing needs of its customers.

Raising the Bar

The 1930s embraced standardization in manufacturing. With buyers becoming more quality conscious, Ryerson’s Certified Steel Plan set new standards for the service center industry.

Powerhouse Merger

Ryerson merged with Inland Steel Company in 1935. For the next six decades, Ryerson focused on distribution, while Inland served as the manufacturing arm of the company.


Westward Expansion

In 1946 the company opened its first West Coast plant in Los Angeles, bringing the number of service centers to twelve.


Promoting Equality

Ryerson publishes an Equal Opportunity Policy in 1957, before it is legally required or common corporate practice.

Development Era:

Growth continues. With the acquisition of Atlanta-based J.M. Tull Metals and Integris Metals, Ryerson greatly expands its presence and capabilities. Ryerson ends this era in its history as one of the largest single-branded metal service centers in the world having assembled a large array of locations and capabilities.

125th Anniversary

It's 1967 and the once small iron shop is now the nation’s leading supplier of steel from stock and largest aluminum distributor. This same year, the company acquires Federal Steel Corporation.

Going Public

In 1996, the company makes an Initial Public Offering of 13 percent of its shares on the New York Stock Exchange as Ryerson Tull. A decade later, the company reverts back to the Ryerson name with the acquisition of Integris Metals.


Global Acquisitions

Global growth continues with the acquisition of Van Shung Chong Holdings. Ryerson China Limited is formed, with facilities in Kunshan, Dongguan, Guangzhou and Tianjin.


Investing in Growth

In 2007 Ryerson is acquired by Platinum Equity. By 2010, Ryerson enters Mexico as Ryerson Metals de Mexico and becomes 100% shareholder of Ryerson China Limited.

Industry Leader:
2010 and beyond

Ryerson is one of the largest metal suppliers with operations in the United States, Mexico, Canada and China. The company continues to make strategic acquisitions and invests in additional processing capabilities.

Back in the Market

In 2014, Ryerson Holding Corporation relists with the New York Stock Exchange as a publicly traded company under the ticker symbol “RYI”.

Continued Growth & Expansion

Ryerson continues to expand its service center network in North America and strengthen its processing capabilities with the acquisitions of Fay Industries, Inc. and Southern Tool Steel.

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