Company Overview

Operating today with four coil slitters and one cut to length line in Hammond, Indiana (25 minutes south of downtown Chicago), we are one of the largest Service Center distributors of prime Tin Mill Products (Tin Plate, Black Plate, TFS, Tin Coated Sheet) and stainless steel strip in slit coil form in North America.

Additionally, we are a leading supplier of galvanized, light gauge cold rolled sheet and strip, and other coated steels in coil form to hundreds of customers worldwide.

Our customers are leaders in the manufacturing of automotive & transportation components, residential windows, telecommunications cable, computer and electronic parts, hardware, and other stampings.

With our state of the art coil slitting lines, we also provide the highest quality slitting and short lead times for companies who have us slit their bare and coated steel and aluminum coils for them.

The company began in 1932 as Hokin Steel & Tinplate and was purchased by the Berlin family in 1967. In 2018, the company was acquired by Olympic Steel Inc. in support of their growth strategy to add new products and markets. With minimal customer overlap, the acquisition was a perfect complement to Olympic Steel’s existing operations.

Berlin’s Monthly Global Overview

Berlin Metals publishes a “Global Briefing” each month as a service to our valued customers, suppliers and friends. Recent briefings are available here as PDF files. We hope that the news items and data points that affect the metals industry are well represented each month and are helpful in some small way for you to better understand the past & present and plan for the future. If you are not currently on the distribution list to receive this report, please let me know and I’d be happy to add you. If you have suggestions for additional information that you’d like the report to include, I’m always open to new ideas.


Dan Harnois, General Manager

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What Customers Are Saying About Berlin Metals

The following are excerpts from letters and e-mails we’ve received from our customers. It’s always nice to be appreciated. Our heartfelt “you’re welcome” is given in response to the compliments below. We wish we could name these customers, but as this is a very competitive business, and our competitors frequently look at this web site, well, I’m sure you understand. For those prospective customers out there who’d like references on how we do, let us know and we’d be happy to provide you with a list of names.


  • I can’t express how much I have enjoyed working with Berlin. Your employees go above and beyond to take care of their customers. They are honest, straightforward and always willing to find a solution to any issues that may arise; as well as the most cost efficient.

  • Wow – you and your team did GREAT!!!!! Very impressed. I was so happy that we were able to have a truck waiting there that could take advantage and move the material out early.

  • Your dedication to quality, delivery and cost along with excellent customer service levels have given me the confidence to entrust Berlin with supplying me the material for some very important product lines. Berlin Metals will only be the second supplier that I have awarded sole sourcing to in all commodities purchased.

  • Thank you for turning around that HOT trial order we have just received. You promised fast turnaround and you delivered. I know that there were a lot of people behind the scenes that helped and we'd be grateful if you could share our appreciation with them as well.

  • It has been a great pleasure working with you and your company. The ease with which we buy material [from you] compared to how we used to is amazing. Thank you again for supplying us with your great service and material.

  • It has been a pleasure to work with you...keep up the good work. A company like yours makes work for our purchasing group easier.

  • Your company has always done a great job and that made the partnership very easy. It has been great working with all of you at Berlin.

  • Our salesperson is very knowledgeable, always helpful.

  • Excellent service!

  • Your people are very customer focused, always go above and beyond.

  • Keep up the great job.

  • I thank you for all your help; the customer service on this matter was wonderful!!