Founded in 1968, Cascade Steel Rolling Mills is a state-of-the-art steel
manufacturing facility that takes recycled metal and turns it into
high-quality finished steel products. Located in McMinnville, OR (near
Portland), our electric arc furnace (EAF) mini-mill produces a wide
range of hot rolled products such as reinforcing bar (rebar), coiled
reinforcing bar, wire rod, merchant bar and other specialty products.
We sell to customers primarily located in the 10 western states from our
McMinnville, OR plant and
a distribution center in City of
Industry, CA (near Los Angeles). Our mill has direct access to rail service and close
proximity to major freeways and deep draft marine terminals in Portland
for cost-effective transportation. Typical customers are steel service
centers, steel fabricators, and wire drawers.
We pride ourselves in the quality of our products, our competitive
pricing and our exceptional customer service. We have been recognized for
our outstanding customer service in satisfaction surveys of top-ranked mini-mills
in the Western U.S.
Steel Mill and Manufacturing Process
Our steel manufacturing
process begins at our 80+ acre facility in the melt shop with the
melting of scrap metal in our electric arc furnace. The molten
steel is then sent to the refining furnace, where adjustments to
composition and temperature are made to produce a specific grade of
steel. Our melt shop's enhanced steel chemistry refining capabilities
allow us to produce special alloy grades of steel not currently produced
by other mills on the West Coast. Finally, molten steel is cast into
long bars called billets in our five-strand continuous billet caster.
In fiscal 2014, we produced 580,000 short tons of steel billets.
Our facilities include two computerized rolling mills that allow for
synchronized operation of the rolling mills and related equipment. The
billets produced in the melt shop are reheated in two natural gas
furnaces into a plastic-like state and then hot-rolled through one of
the two rolling mills to form them into the desired shapes to produce
the desired end products. In fiscal 2014, we produced 533,000
tons of finished steel products.
Cascade Steel was acquired in 1984 by Schnitzer Steel
Industries, Inc., a global leader in the metals recycling industry
that has been in business for over a century. As a Schnitzer subsidiary
and part of our parent company's vertical integration, we purchase all
of the processed scrap metal we use through Schnitzer. Being part of a Fortune 1000 company has enabled us to
grow stronger and introduce cost efficiencies and state-of-the art
environmental controls into our operations.
To maintain our competitive edge, we are frequently investing in
improvements to our facilities. Recent additions and enhancements have
increased our operating efficiency, increased the types and volume of
products that we can produce and improved the quality of finished
In addition to our facility improvements, our strong position in the
market is due to many factors including our:
- Consistent source of scrap metal
- Efficient production processes
- Premier customer service – we are constantly striving to excel in
- Access to multiple modes of transportation including:
- On-site access to rail (Union Pacific)
- Access to nearby major freeways (Interstates 5 and 84)
- Ready access to private and public deep draft marine terminals in Portland
- Proximity to major western markets
- Energy efficient facilities and low power costs
Sustainability and the Environment
Sustainability starts with our business model. Recycling metal instead
of using virgin ore to create new steel products saves energy and
natural resources. By using recycled metals, the steel industry saves
enough energy each year to power 18 million households. Recycling one
ton of steel conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal
and 120 pounds of limestone. Creating products from recycled steel
instead of virgin ore uses 40% less water and reduces mining wastes by
97%. Also, because of the high
percentage of recycled content and high reclamation rate our products
are ideally suited for LEED building projects, significantly contributing
to LEED certification.
However, sustainability doesn't end with our business model. Like our
parent company and its other subsidiaries, we are constantly working on
reducing our environmental footprint. Over the years, we've improved
our processes and controls, invested capital to increase our efficiency
and decrease our energy use, and fostered a culture of resourcefulness
and accountability. For over 40 years, we've shown that it is possible
to operate profitably while maintaining a focus on sustainability and
being responsible stewards of our environment.
Partnering With the Community
Cascade Steel is committed to contributing to the social and economic
development of McMinnville and the greater Yamhill County area. We firmly
believe in strengthening our community and in helping our younger citizens reach
their full potential. When this happens, everyone wins. All of us share a
responsibility to make our community better; better for our children, better for
our families and better for all citizens. As a pillar in our community, Cascade
Steel does more than provide monetary contributions. We frequently donate rebar
and other steel products for local community projects. Meanwhile, many of our
employees contribute both time and money generously to important community
charitable efforts helping to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
Health and Safety Policy
Cascade Steel is also committed to protecting the health and well-being of our employees, neighbors and those working on our behalf. Cascade holds the health and safety of our workforce as our highest priority. As such, we are committed to:
- Preventing incidents that may result in injury, ill-health or damage to property,
- Safeguarding visitors, contractors and members of the public, who may be affected by our activities,
- Complying with relevant statutes, regulations and other standards to which Cascade Steel subscribes,
- Continual improvement of our health and safety management system and performance,
- Taking appropriate steps to realize health and safety objectives; and
- Ensuring adequate resources to promote and maintain best practice in health and safety management.
At Cascade Steel, integrity is a core value of every relationship. We treat employees, customers, partners, suppliers, investors and the public with respect, fairness and integrity and we expect the same in return. From day one, our employees are instructed to act ethically in all business dealings. We make clear this is not something that should be done sometimes, or often but ALWAYS.
Cascade Steel Rolling Mills does not engage in or support child labor, human trafficking or slavery, or knowingly support companies that utilize any form of child labor, slavery or human trafficking. Cascade is currently evaluating its supply chain practices in order to determine how best to further its efforts to eliminate human trafficking and slavery.
As one of our company's guiding principles, integrity means:
- Doing the right thing for the right reasons.
- Honoring and fulfilling our commitments and agreements as responsible citizens and employees.
- Doing the right thing even when it may be more convenient or advantageous to take another approach.
- Being honest, straightforward and transparent in our communications at all times – what you see is what you get.
- Doing what we say we are going to do.
- Only working with honest companies who are equally dedicated to doing business in an ethical manner.
- When mistakes are made, acknowledging them, learning from them and not repeating them.
- Never compromising our values.
This is how our shareholders and employees expect us to manage the company. These high standards have become embedded in our corporate culture. However, it does not end there. Our sense of responsibility extends to leadership in protecting the environment and being good citizens in the communities where we are located.
Our parent company, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., has adopted a Code of Conduct which Cascade Steel fully supports. Our Code reflects our values and expectations of integrity. All Cascade Steel employees are required to adhere to it.
Cascade Steel is aware that trade in certain minerals – cassiterite, columbite-tantalite, gold, wolframite, and their derivatives tin, tantalum and tungsten (3TG) – originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its adjoining countries (Covered Countries) has been associated with human rights abuses.
Cascade complies with the regulations under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act related to the due diligence, disclosure, and reporting requirements regarding 3TG. Cascade has in good faith concluded that any 3TG that may be included in its products came from recycled or scrap sources, which are considered "DRC conflict free" under current U.S. law.
Cascade is a wholly owned subsidiary of Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. As such, 3TG information related to Cascade will be included in filings made by Schnitzer.
For more details, please see Schnitzer's most recent Form SD Specialized Disclosure Report.
We are a proud member of the following trade associations:
Focused on the Future
"As one of the largest recyclers in the state, we value our environment and care about the future. This orientation toward the future impacts all we do — from the way we create our products (recycling scrap metal) to the way we support our communities. First we build a strong community of workers by hiring people of character dedicated to their work and their local neighborhoods. Then we create opportunities for our workers, their families and the young people in the community by supporting programs that open doors. So, once thought of as an industry from a different time, at Cascade, we're all about the future."
— Jeff Dyck, President,
Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, Inc.
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