All Cascadia Metals facilities are designed to receive material by rail or truck, with several branches located close to Ports. These locations coupled with our innovative distribution philosophy have continued to open new doors for expansion and growth.
At Cascadia Metals, we have never wavered from the original drive that started our business and our owners remain fully invested in the success of Cascadia Metals. Our investment isn’t only in land and machinery, but in the people…our employees. Still strong and unrelenting, we will continue to become more efficient and progressive in our thoughts moving forward. Our optimistic view of the future…we believe there will always be room for creative, innovative distribution in the future.
Cascadia Metals operates to these “Guiding Principles” which represent values we aspire to achieve:
- We talk straight
- We demonstrate respect
- We foster transparency
- We right wrongs
- We show loyalty
- We deliver results
- We continuously improve
- We confront reality
- We clarify expectation
- We practice accountability
- We listen first
- We keep commitments
- We extend trust
1981 – Earl Ritchie started as an agent for a large Vancouver, British Columbia, based pipe company while living in South Korea.
1985 – Earl Ritchie returned from Asia and started a small trading company offering pipe out of Burnaby, British Columbia, covering the British Columbia and Washington State markets.
1987 – Jim Ritchie, Earl’s son, joined the company with the goal of growth and expansion. The business rented a small warehouse on River Road in Delta, British Columbia.
1990 – The Ritchie’s purchased a 40,000 square foot warehouse which still serves as home to the current Delta, BC, branch. They also purchased a used cut-to-length line and launched into the flat rolled steel business offering coil and sheet.
1992 – The decision was made to branch off the flat rolled business under the name Cascadia Metals.
1994 – Cascadia Metals purchased a used slitter and began offering slit metal products to the market.
1997-1998 – The Asian financial crisis led to plummeting prices in the metals markets world-wide. It was during this crisis that Cascadia Metals was able to take advantage of market conditions in Asia to offer better prices and service on the west coast of Canada and the U.S.
1998 – A big shift for Cascadia Metals occurred when the business teamed up with ships hauling pulp and paper to Asia. Cascadia Metals was able to arrange back-hauling of steel material purchased overseas, which helped reduce transportation costs and open up more purchasing opportunities.
1998-2003 – Cascadia Metals spent a lot of time working in the trenches, learning the market through trial-and-error and sweat equity. They focused on building relationships within the industry and really learning the metals market. As a result, Cascadia Metals achieved 35% growth year-over-year during this period.
2001 – Ready to take it to the next level, Cascadia Metals modernized their facilities and stepped-up their business by bringing on new technology, building deeper relationships with local banks which provided more access to capital and fine-tuning processes/operations.
2004 – This year brought the commodity boom where prices took off (led by the Asian market). Based on previous actions, Cascadia Metals was positioned to grow stronger and farther in areas of distribution, product offer and services.
2005 – Cascadia Metals built their first modern facility in Delta, BC (River Rd.) which included state-of-the-art slitting and cut-to-length processing.
2006 – In an effort to expand into the U.S., Cascadia Metals purchased land and opened its first branch in the U.S., settling in Longview, Washington, due to the bulk cargo capability at the Port of Longview.
2008 – Cascadia Metals completed their “flagship” facility for the U.S. (Longview, WA) which included a slitter and cut-to-length line. This facility enabled Cascadia Metals to build stronger relationships with the domestic U.S. mills and service customers in the Pacific Northwest.
2017 – 5 US branches with growth (certainly not done yet…remains a strong growth market for Cascadia Metals), continuing to expand and invest in the US.