Kasle Steel Corporation was founded by Abe Kasle in 1922 when he utilized his experience as a metals trader and developed the concept of a "steel warehouse" to better service customers in the Detroit area. This concept grew in what is now known as the "steel service center" business. This core business grew over the years and the company expanded the in-house processing of steel after locating it's headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan after World War II.
During the 1970's the company expanded its core business into first operation configured blanks to meet the outsourcing needs of the automotive industry. The first geographical expansion occurred in 1979 when a Canadian subsidiary was created to obtain access to Canadian steel mill suppliers and the Canadian plants of the automotive customers. The next significant expansion was the creation of an advanced processing center adjacent to General Motor's Buick City operation in Flint, Michigan in 1983. This facility produced exposed body panels with 100 % prime parts delivered on a "Just-In-Time" basis.
In 1989, the company installed a state-of-the-art continuous pickler located at the Dearborn facility and the constructed of a new storage / processing facility to serve the Ford CT-20 / Escort program in Woodhaven, Michigan. By 1991, Kasle Steel Corporation was comprised of four processing facilities handling over 750,000 net tons annually.
With a continued emphasis on value-added processing, warehousing, and distribution, Kasle Steel is using this relatively strong time period in the automotive industry to build upon its strengths. The company plans to increase sales to existing customers, aggressively pursue new customers, and, in response to customer demand, expand its facilities and acquire additional processing equipment. In addition, the company qualified for the ISO 9002 standard in 1997 and obtained QS certification for all its divisions in 1998.
"My family has been in business in the Detroit area for many years," adds Roger Kasle, "and we intend to continue doing business in, and contributing to the growth and prosperity of, the automotive industry in Detroit and the State of Michigan."