Sun Valley, CA, June 26, 2018 - Industrial Metal Supply Co., one of the largest distributors of metal in the Southwest, is proud to announce its 70th year of “Making Metal Easy” for its valued customers throughout California and Arizona. What opened in 1948 as a modest metal distributor serving a small portion of the Los Angeles area, has grown to a six location, 400-employee, metal distributor with a primary focus on meeting the metal needs of everyone from fabricators, manufacturers, contractors and welders to passionate DIYers, artists and off-road enthusiasts.
Founded by Norman and Sally Sherman, IMS started small but soon enjoyed quick growth as they sold many types of metal to businesses throughout the San Fernando Valley. For those that didn’t wander in to the warehouse, Norman would make deliveries out of the family station wagon – many of these requests going to the Hollywood studios for scenery and staging purposes. In the mid-1980s Norman’s son, Neil Sherman, took over the family business and has held the CEO title and an active role ever since. In the last thirty years IMS has added five branches and grown to be one of the Southwest’s largest metal distributors with branches added in Irvine, Riverside, San Diego, Phoenix and Tucson, with more locations arriving soon.

“I’ve always tell our associates that we’re not in the metal business – we are in the people business,” said Neil regarding his underlying philosophy of serving IMS customers. “I know the growth our company has enjoyed over the last 70 years is because we try to stock what our customers need and make it available to them today, in one place, through our fun and unique stores, our Will-Call service, or within 24 hours, using our delivery trucks. It’s almost that simple, get the metal in their hands, quickly.”
Customers have always enjoyed the convenience of IMS offering precision sawing, shearing and band sawing of their metal orders. In recent years the company added a robust Metal Services division that added hi-definition plasma, tube and flatbed laser cutting as well as waterjet services. Through additional services and expansion, IMS plans to enjoy continued and expanded growth by meeting the aluminum, steel, stainless and red metal needs of the evolving business expectations of its B2B customer throughout the West.

About Industrial Metal Supply Co.
Industrial Metal Supply Company, a privately held, ISO-9001 certified company, serves the Southwest with almost half a million square feet of warehouse space and six stores located in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego, Riverside, Phoenix and Tucson. Family owned and operated since 1948, IMS offers the broadest line of metals available from a single distributor, and has honed a reputation of total focus on their customers’ needs. For more information, contact us today or call 858-277-8200.


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