Stainless steel is our only business. Stainless steel strip coil and wide coil is our primary business. We stock a full range of austenitic (300 and 200 series) and ferritic (400 series) grades.
Stainless Steel Grades
The austenitic grades, often referred to as the chromium nickel types, are generally non-magnetic, easy to weld and form, and offer excellent resistance to corrosion and good creep resistance. Austenitic grades are nonhardenable by heat treating. Cold working increases their strength. The most popular austenitic grades are type 304 and type 316L. We carry extensive stocks in 304, 304L and 316L for quick delivery as well as have a worldwide network of suppliers if your production schedule and volumes permit a longer lead time.
The ferritic grades are generally magnetic, have good corrosion resistance and offer good weldability and toughness. Some ferritic grades like type 430 can be polished for cosmetic applications. Other ferritic grades like type 409 are beneficial because of their low cost and easy formability. The ferritic grades are nonhardenable. They contain only trace amounts of nickel. Because nickel is a high cost and highly volatile element the ferritic grades are generally less costly and the prices are more stable than the austenitic grades. As with the austenitic grades, our stock in the ferritic grades is extensive, as is our network of proven suppliers.
Whether austenitic or ferritic, we supply stainless steel strip in all standard finishes. The most common finish for cold rolled stainless steel in thicknesses between 0.015” (28 gauge) and 0.135” (10 gauge) is 2B, a bright cold rolled finish. The majority of our inventory has a 2B finish. The most common stainless steel flat rolled finishes are:
- 2D (dull, cold rolled finish)
- 2B (bright cold rolled finish)
- BA (bright annealed)
- #3 (polished, unidirectional, 80 – 120 grit)
- #4 (polished, unidirectional, 150 grit)
- HRAP (hot rolled annealed & pickled)
The majority of our stock ranges in thicknesses between 0.015” (28 gauge) and 0.135” (10 gauge). Find the approximate decimal equivalents for sheet metal gauges along with standard tolerances on our Gauge Conversion Chart. Please note that industry standard permits deviations from nominal thicknesses.
Our main product line is flat rolled stainless steel, coil and sheet, primarily stainless steel strip coil. We also distribute stainless steel in other forms such as bar, tube, pipe and plate.