Reliance Steel &Aluminum Co., Los Angeles, CA, reported sales in the first quarter 2008 were $1.91 billion, an increase of 3.6% from the prior-year period. Profit was $107.4 million, down slightly from $111.7 million last year.
David H. Hannah, CEO of Reliance said: The 2008 first quarter turned out well. Pricing for our products was strong with significant increases in carbon steel, leading to improved gross profit margins. Demand in the markets that we serve remained fairly healthy, especially in the non-residential construction, energy, oil and gas, and aerospace industries."
Hannah said Reliance expects prices to be up or flat for most of the metals it sells in the second quarter. "Demand remains more difficult to predict," he said.
Reliance is a metals service center with a network of more than 180 locations in 37 states and Belgium, Canada, China, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The company distributes products that include galvanized, hot-rolled and cold-finished steel; stainless steel; aluminum; brass; copper; titanium and alloy steel.