The History of Service Steel Aerospace
Service Steel Aerospace (SSA) was founded in 1976 in Tacoma, Washington. The company was established as a specialty metals distributor for the aerospace industry. In 1982, SSA expanded our warehouse operations into southern California. In 1988, SSA expanded into Akron, Ohio strategically placing our facility close to both our customer base and the mills.
SSA's original founders sold the company in 1989 to Underhill Investments who continued to grow the company. Underhill Investments sold SSA to Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. in 1997. Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. is the largest Aerospace distributor and the largest metal service center in North America. Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. is a fortune 500 company and trades on the NYSE (RS). Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. operates from 290 metals centers in North America.
In 1999 SSA continued to expanded our products and services through the acquisition of United Alloys Aircraft Metals in Los Angeles, California. SSA fully integrated the companies which expanded SSA into the higher grade nickel and titanium products. The acquisition of United Alloys Aircraft Metals also diversified SSA into oil tool, medical implants, prosthetics, auto-racing and land based turbine markets.
In 2000, SSA moved our Akron, Ohio facility to a larger 30,000 sq ft warehouse in Massillon, Ohio.
In 2008, SSA acquired Dynamic Metals International in Bristol, Connecticut. The acquisition of Dynamic Metals expanded SSA's operations into the northeast and expanded our product selection into Maraging steels.
In 2011, SSA continued our expansion into Asia. We opened a 40,000 sq ft warehouse in Shanghai, China to service mainland China
In 2012 SSA moved our Tacoma facility to a new 85,000 SF, 8 acre lot in Fife Washington. The new location offers continued expansion opportunities for future growth.
In 2014, SSA completed the acquisition of RTI Connecticut and moved the current SSA Bristol, CT location into the newly acquired 30,000 square foot facility in Windsor, CT. The larger facility enhances SSA's product line to include nickel alloys, and additional steel and titanium products. This location is strategically located to better serve the North Eastern US and Eastern Canada's high performance metals market with enhanced service and product offerings for quicker deliveries.
In November 2016, SSA opened a new facility in Wichita, Kansas. The 38,000 Sq Ft facility was constructed to service the central United States specialty metals market with local inventory, quick turn around, and industry leading service while helping to lower shipping cost. SSA Wichita is AS 9100, AS 9120 and ISO 9001 certified, as are all of SSA’s locations.
Today SSA services over 10,000 customers in 33 countries. The specialized metals that Service Steel Aerospace distributes supports industries such as, Commercial Aviation, Defense and Space, Oil and Gas, Racing, Medical, Firearms, as well as many other industries.