Oregon Metal Slitters is an Oregon-based corporation founded in 1956. The company was originally located in Portland's industrial district off NW Yeon Avenue. OMS expanded its reach throughout the region, and branched out from its first building on NW Suffolk into a handful of detached warehouse spaces nearby. In 1988 the company's original founder sold OMS to a Japanese trading company, Okura and Co., Ltd.
The late 1990s brought two major changes: relocation and new ownership. To consolidate operations in a single facility rather than multiple buildings scattered around NW Portland, OMS planned a new, larger plant in North Portland's Rivergate area. Soon after construction was completed, Okura (the parent company of OMS) filed for bankruptcy in Japanese court. Okura assets were sold off, including Oregon Metal Slitters which continued to function as an independent entity during this transition.
A Portland-based group won the bidding process, restoring Oregon Metal Slitters to local ownership. Newly located in its Rivergate facility off North Marine Drive, OMS entered its third phase. Since then, the local ownership group has consolidated down to just a single owner, Steven Elorriaga, who is active in the company's daily management and serves as Chairman.
Our most recent phase involves expansions:
2009 - our second warehouse off North Marine Drive
2011 - our first out-of-state warehouse in Spokane Valley, Washington
2012 - main facility expansion including new 1/2" CTL line
2013 - investment in Aluminum and Stainless Steel inventory and processing capabilities
Duston Lathrop has been promoted from Machine Operator to Inside Sales. Welcome to the OMS Sales team, Dustin!
Trevor Thies joins the family as an Outside Sales rep, bringing to OMS an extensive background in the business, and a family steel industry pedigree stretching back generations. Welcome, Trevor!
OMS welcomes our new Controller, Ron Sutton, an accountant with nearly fifteen years experience in various financial fields.
We're pleased to introduce Scott Humphries, our latest sales rep for the Seattle-area territories. See him HERE.
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