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IMS Overview

Industrial Metal Supply Company (IMS) is a full line metal distributor serving Southern California and Arizona metal users in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Inland Empire, Phoenix, and Tucson. Since 1948, the company has grown to become a respected aluminum, steel and sheet metal supplier by combining a wide range of products and services with customer-oriented support. Read on to learn how the company’s extensive inventory, robust production capabilities and exceptional customer service have evolved over six-plus decades of growth.

When it first opened its doors for business, IMS was a true family operation. Founded by Norman Sherman and his wife Sally, IMS began as a scrap and surplus business that used the family’s 1947 Pontiac station wagon as the delivery vehicle by day, and as the family car by night. Over the years market demand required a second facility be opened, and in 1989 Norm and Sally’s son Neil opened a second IMS branch in Irvine. From 1995 to 2006, IMS experienced even more positive growth, opening new branches in San Diego, Phoenix, and Inland Empire, and then expanding to new locations with more retail and warehouse space in San Diego and Sun Valley. Underlying each new opening was growing consumer demand and an ever-expanding inventory. IMS locations now carry a long list of metals in various alloys, shapes, and sizes; specialty and decorative metals; as well as a large selection of metalworking tools and supplies, in over 400,000 total square feet of warehouse space.

Besides offering an extensive range of products as an aluminum and steel supplier, IMS also provides processing services so that customers’ purchases are ready to use upon pickup or delivery. Most recently, IMS invested in a state-of-the-art 3D 6-axis tube laser cutting machine, the first of its kind on the West Coast. This device can perform precise angle cuts, weld-prep bevels and advanced, complex contours such as saddle joint cuts in one operation. We also offer workshop services like precision plate sawing, production shearing, and cutting and band sawing.

The foundation of IMS’ success is our unparalleled customer service. We aim to save our customers time and money by providing a long list of customer-oriented policies, including:

  • Next day delivery of processed material via our trucks
  • Same day pick up in Will-Call
  • No minimum purchase
  • Support of Just-in-Time and Kanban manufacturing processes
  • Sales people that act as an extension of your purchasing department (we will get any metal products you need)
  • Material management (stocking and delivery on a scheduled basis)
  • Credit lines with good terms
  • Knowledgeable staff that knows metal
  • Retail Service Centers open six days a week

The region from Los Angeles to Phoenix encompasses a lot of big industry and international trade, which means customers have plenty of options when choosing a sheet metal supplier. With decades of growth and a demonstrated commitment to providing a positive customer experience, Industrial Metal Supply is prepared to be your number-one choice for metal goods and services.

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