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Alro Steel Celebrates 70 Years in Business 1948-2018

Posted on 06/01/2018

Alro Steel was proud to celebrate 70 years in business on June 1, 2018. The origin of the company can be traced back to 1916 when Al’s father Louis Glick and family arrived in Jackson, Michigan, and started a scrap metal business, Glick Iron & Metal.

In 1948, Al Glick set out to start his own business. With the guidance and support of older brother Robert, Alro Steel was incorporated on June 1, 1948. The business began in a small garage in Jackson, Michigan adjacent to Glick Iron & Metal. Al used his resources and networking to match up companies in need of steel with companies that had an excess of steel. This occurred during a period when steel shortages were a problem due to the demands of World War II. Alro Steel quickly became a one-stop-shop that allowed manufacturers to get the metals they needed quickly and easily from one place.

Seventy years later, Alro has expanded through acquisition and organic growth to over 60 locations in 12 states. Alro services 25,000 manufacturing customers with next day service of metals, industrial supplies, and plastics.

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“It’s not about individuals. We want everybody to work together. I just think we’ve built a great team of people here at Alro, and they understand the culture. It’s not about me, it’s about the team.”

— Al Glick




1948 - Alro Steel, 500 East Biddle Street, Jackson, Michigan



1952 – Alro Steel, Jackson, Michigan 




1964 – Alro Steel & Industrial Supply, Jackson, Michigan 


2017 – Alro Steel, Potterville, Michigan