New chapter ahead for Columbia Steel

By |  February 10, 2023

Logo: Columbia Steel

Columbia Steel Casting Co. reached an agreement earlier this year with CMS Cepcor on the sale of key commercial and technical assets.

Through the agreement, CMS Cepcor will incorporate a new company – Columbia Steel Cast Products – that will trade independently as “Columbia Steel” and retain key Columbia Steel engineering, sales and commercial team members.

Last August, Columbia Steel disclosed plans to close facilities in Portland, Oregon, and seek additional financing.

“With joy and excitement, we’re looking forward to 2023 and a new beginning for the Columbia Steel brand,” says Martha Cox, Columbia Steel CEO. “Our Portland, Oregon, manufacturing plant has closed, but we’re proud that our legacy will continue in the North American market under the Columbia Steel name, backed by the considerable skill and support of CMS Cepcor.”

Mike Moehnke, Columbia Steel sales and marketing director, says customers will be able to get the same parts in the same alloys they have come to depend upon moving forward – and at a more competitive price point.

“In addition, key individuals in engineering and sales will be coming on board to provide a smooth customer service transition,” Moehnke says.

According to Columbia Steel, CMS Cepcor designs, manufactures and supplies replacement parts for gyratory, jaw and cone crushers. CMS Cepcor was incorporated in 1960 and operates from its head office in the United Kingdom.

“Columbia Steel is a company which I have looked up to and admired since I started my career in this industry 25 years ago,” says Chris Sydenham, CEO of CMS Cepcor Americas. “As a long-proven market leader in crusher liner optimization, with strong technical capabilities and genuine customer focus, Columbia Steel is well aligned with CMS Cepcor. It was a pleasure working on this agreement with Martha and her team and to reach such a positive outcome that will guarantee Columbia Steel’s legacy and positive impact on the industry will continue.”

Kevin Yanik

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