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United Performance Metals Announces the Integration of Aerodyne Alloys, Plus Ten Stainless, United Performance Metals and Vulcanium Metals International

Beginning January, 2017, United Performance Metals now represents the combination of four leading brands in the metals industry, bringing our customers a broader and deeper selection of high-performance products and services than ever before.  As a result of the integration, UPM’s inventory will include stainless steel, duplex stainless steel, Prodec®, nickel alloys, cobalt alloys, cobalt chrome moly, titanium, aluminum and alloy steel in coil, sheet, strip, plate, bar and near net shapes. The newly formed high performance metals company serves a broad range of customers in industries including, but not limited to: aerospace, fastener, medical, power generation, oil and gas, and semi-conductors among others.

UPM uses proprietary FIRSTCUT+® Processing Services that include cut-to-length, leveling, slitting, edging, chamfering & facing, shearing, laser cutting, laser gauge measurement, water jet cutting, plasma cutting, sawing, precision cold saw cutting, precision blanks, first stage machining, heat treating, ultra-sonic testing, boring, trepanning, and deburring.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, UPM has facilities in: Oakland, California; Los Angeles, California; Hartford, Connecticut; Chicago, Illinois; Cincinnati, Ohio; Greenville, South Carolina; with international facilities in Singapore, Hungary, and Northern Ireland

The Strength of Three Become the Power of One as United Performance Metals Launches UK Facility

In July, 2015, United Performance Metals, Vulcanium Metals International and Aerodyne Alloys joined forces to become United Performance Metals – A single source for titanium and hi-temperature specialty alloys serving customers in the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU). 

The company maintains titanium, stainless steel, nickel, cobalt and cobalt chrome moly products in many forms including sheet, coil, strip, plate, bar, forged block and near net shapes.  Processing capabilities at this facility include water jet, bar saw, plate saw and shear.  The company website can be viewed at upmet.uk

O’Neal Increases Specialty Presence with the Purchase of Vulcanium

In June, 2013, O’Neal Industries, through its subsidiary United Performance Metals, acquired the assets of Vulcanium Metals, a leading stock/distributor and processor of titanium and medical grade stainless steel for aerospace and defense, medical instruments and other industrial applications.  Vulcanium maintains headquarters in Northbrook, IL and a European branch in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Comprehensive in-house processing capabilities allow Vulcanium to perform a variety of first stage processing operations including leveling, shearing, sawing, machining, facing, chamfering, laser and water jet cutting. 

United Performance Metals Purchases Plus Ten Stainless

In September, 2011, United Performance Metals acquired Plus Ten Stainless, a premier specialty plate distributor in the San Francisco, Bay area. In addition to carrying an inventory of the most common grades of stainless steel plate, Plus Ten Stainless boasts one of the largest inventories of PRODEC® Plate on the West Coast.  The addition of Plus Ten Stainless compliments UPM’s current focus on specialty stainless and high performance alloys.

UPM California Facility Relocates

In 2008, United Performance Metals established its first California branch with a facility in Santa Fe Springs, CA.  The company quickly outgrew its 13,000 square foot facility and moved to a larger home in the summer of 2001 located in La Mirada, CA.  With 52,000 square feet of offices and equipment, the West Coast facility is prepared to accommodate continued growth in the region.

United Performance Metals Becomes Part of the O’Neal Family of Companies

As the parent company of all O’Neal-owned affiliates, O’Neal Industries, Inc. (ONI) represents the USA’s largest family-owned group of metals service centers. United Performance Metals was acquired by O’Neal in 2006.  Answering the needs of the global marketplace, the ONI companies provide products and services across the spectrum of the metals industry, ranging from carbon and stainless steel, aluminum, and specialty alloy products to complex manufactured components and supply chain management solutions. ONI is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama – with affiliate companies located, and serving a wide variety of industries, throughout the world.

The Strength of Two UNITE into the Power of One

On January 1st of 2008 Ferguson Metals and AIM International UNITED to create a stronger, broader company designed to better serve specialty metal users - United Performance Metals. With a combined history of over 39 years in the business, these two companies deliver customers a comprehensive offering of products and services delivered to the highest quality standards. United Performance Metals is a regularly audited AS certified organization.

Our Heritage

Ferguson Metals

Since 1982, Ferguson Metals has been a leading supplier of flat-rolled specialty stainless and high temperature alloys with in-house processing capabilities. Ferguson's reputation is built on its ability to meet customers' exacting requirements. Ferguson 's customer base includes stampers, fabricators and distributors in many different industries.

AIM International

Since 1993, AIM International has been supplying the needs of OEM and international customers through its intimate knowledge of market and supply chain dynamics. Innovation and the ability to deliver value added services are key components of AIM's success.

History of Ferguson Metals

In 1965 at age 19, H. Wayne Ferguson began working as the mail clerk for Eastern Stainless Steel Co., Baltimore, MD. "I delivered mail to offices all over the plant. In doing so, I saw how things were run." Wayne recalled. After working as a mail clerk, Wayne became a sales trainee and then a salesman at Eastern Stainless Steel. Wayne's next job, in 1971, was as Midwest branch manager for Advanced Alloys Inc., Hauppage, NY. "I saw what I was able to accomplish for someone else and thought it would be great to do that for myself. During those years I set aside money every payday so that one day I would be able to start my own company." said Wayne. Seventeen years after the beginning of his career, Wayne decided to start his own company, "In 1982, I decided to start my own Company. Five other people came with me. I had three children, so it was important to succeed." said Wayne.

In November 1982, at the height of the great steel depression, H. Wayne Ferguson became president of his own specialty metals firm, Aerospace Alloys. Critics said the business would run out with Ferguson's credit line. But Ferguson has succeeded by finding market niches.

H. Wayne Ferguson started the company with 5 employees in a 5,000 square ft. warehouse. Today we have 78 employees and 68,000 square ft in Ohio plus an office and warehouse in Connecticut. Since the beginning, the focus has been on providing a comprehensive inventory of specialty stainless steels and high temperature alloys. This focus quickly made us "the source" for specialty stainless. On January 1, 2000, the name was changed from Aerospace Alloys to Ferguson Metals to allow for diversification into new markets. In 1982, when Aerospace Alloys, Inc. was incorporated, our primary business market was aerospace. Today we supply the medical, automotive, chemical, petrochemical, electrical and many other industries.

Ferguson Metals, Inc. is the only specialty stainless and nickel alloy service center capable of total in-house processing of stainless sheet, strip, and light gauge plate. We are capable of providing immediate delivery on precision strip with unique edges, custom sheet and plate sizes to close tolerance or standard size sheets shipped within 24 hours. This is accomplished on three slitters, three edgers, a cut-to-length line and a shear. Ferguson Metals was one of the first specialty stainless steel and nickel alloy service centers to be ISO 9001 registered. We are committed to quality, performance and continuous improvement.

History of AIM International

Founded in 1993, AIM International is a full-service material management company headquartered in Cincinnati, OH. AIM International has grown rapidly since our inception by reinventing the way that raw materials are planned and purchased in the aerospace supply chain and by servicing the raw material needs of the top global aerospace OEM manufacturers.

AIM International operates a warehouse facility in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio and one each in Singapore and in the city of Chengdu in the People's Republic of China. AIM International is truly a "global" company -- more than 50% of AIM International sales are to customers outside of the North America. We have consistently demonstrated our ability to serve our customers' material needs wherever they may be.

AIM International serves the Original Engine Manufacturer (OEM) market offering a full bill of materials. We have developed extensive breadth in our product lines so that we can offer a competitive "one stop shop" for all your OEM product and service needs.

AIM International is truly differentiated from our competition by a tradition of innovation. Our deep understanding of our customers' industries and our intimate knowledge of their supply chain issues allow us to deliver ground-breaking offerings that stand alone in terms of value added. We invite you to learn more about us by exploring our website and we encourage you to give us a call so that we may share some of these innovative capabilities with you.