Who We Are

Promet SteelPromet Steel is a second-generation family-owned steel service center, focusing on the sale and processing of Cold-Rolled, Hot Dipped Galvanized, Galvannealed, and Hot-Rolled Pickled & Oil steel coils. Throughout our nearly 30-year history, we have continued to serve a variety of industries and OEMs throughout the United States, including manufacturers of HVAC, construction products, appliances, automotive, metal stamping, steel doors and frames, expanded and perforated metal, steel shelving, and lockers. Promet has expanded through growth and acquisition to provide our customers with top-quality products and services with a commitment to exceptional customer service.


Promet Steel was founded in 1995 by two steel industry veterans, Chicago natives Nick Laphen and Rodney Egle. Beginning in East Chicago, Indiana with just a small warehouse and a single piece of equipment, Promet Steel has since grown into a multi-facility steel service center with over 70 employees and an extensive inventory of direct mill-sourced prime and excess-prime steel coil products.

In 2000, Promet increased its footprint within the industry with the expansion to our current 55,000-square-foot production facility in Chicago’s south side Pullman neighborhood. The expansion continued in 2005 when Promet acquired Suburban Steel Supply in Frankfort, Illinois adding two additional in-house slitting lines and a 25,000 square-foot production facility in order to provide even greater service to our rapidly expanding customer base. Another milestone was reached in 2012 when Promet earned an ISO 9001 certification, affirming our ability to apply a consistent quality management system to our customer’s growing requirements.

In 2021, Promet Steel entered into a new era of management as ownership of our privately-owned business was transitioned to the second-generation family leadership team. Now more than ever, we are determined to meet and exceed our customer’s
expectations as we continue to grow into the future.

Our Culture and Values

For nearly 30 years, Promet Steel has operated with a committed dedication to credibility and trust. From sales negotiation all the way through shipping and invoicing, it is this commitment that drives our organization and provides our customers with confidence and peace of mind. At Promet Steel, our culture and values are governed by 4 simple directives:

  1. Making agreements we intend to keep
  2. Not making (or accepting) unclear/unspecific agreements
  3. Giving earliest notice if agreements must be broken
  4. Resolving and cleaning up broken agreements if necessary

By successfully applying these directives as a management tool at all levels of our organization, we are able to achieve the credibility, openness, trust, and risk necessary to cultivate long-term relationships with our customers.

Our Culture and Values