On November 12, 1982, H. Wayne Ferguson established Aerospace Alloys and began supplying flat-rolled specialty stainless and high temperature alloys with in-house processing capabilities in Cincinnati, Ohio and Bethel, Connecticut. The year 2000 brought forth a name change to Ferguson Metals to allow for diversification into new markets. AIM International, an established and innovative supply chain supporter of OEM and international customers, joined Ferguson Metals in 2008. Together, the two companies became part of O’Neal Industries, the USA’s largest family owned group of metal service centers, and rebranded as United Performance Metals (UPM).
Over the next decade, additional UPM facilities grew in key locations starting with the 2008 establishment of a west coast facility in Sant Fe Springs, California. Business quickly outgrew the facility, and it was relocated to La Mirada, CA in 2011. Later that same year, Plus Ten Stainless, a premier plate distributor in Benicia, CA was acquired and joined the UPM family. 2013 brought the acquisition of Vulcanium Metals, a titanium and medical grade stainless distributor with locations in Northbrook, IL and Belfast, Northern Ireland. 2015 launched UPM in the United Kingdom, establishing a world-wide customer base. Aerodyne Alloys, based in South Windsor, Connecticut joined UPM in the UK. 2017 marked the completed integration of these successful distribution companies as they merged their sales, inventory and operations into one worldwide company.
Today, United Performance Metals brings customers a broader and deeper selection of high-performance products and FIRSTCUT+® Processing Services than ever before. The global company serves customers in a variety of industries including aerospace, fastener, medical, power generation, oil and gas, semiconductor, and many others. UPM offers a comprehensive inventory of products, including stainless steel, duplex stainless steel, Prodec®, nickel alloys, cobalt alloys, cobalt chrome moly, titanium, aluminum, and alloys steel in coil, sheet, strip, plate, bar and near net shapes. FIRSTCUT+® Processing Services include slitting, shearing, cut-to-length, leveling, edging, laser gauge measurement, sawing, precision cold saw cutting, laser cutting, water jet cutting, plasma cutting, precision blanks, boring, trepanning, deburring, first stage machining, heat treating, and ultra-sonic testing. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, UPM has facilities in Oakland, Los Angeles, Hartford, Chicago, Greenville, Singapore, Hungary, and Northern Ireland.