Company Profile

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

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.

Corporate Strength

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.

Steel Mill

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 products.

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 customer satisfaction
  • 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 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.

Integrity

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.

Human Trafficking

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.

Conflict Minerals

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.

Industry Involvement

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.