Paragon Steel – It's In Our DNA

IT'S IN OUR DNA

We Live It. We Breathe It. Every Day.

DNA is the hereditary matter that makes us uniquely who we are.
Our focus and expertise in metal distribution…
Our product reach, quality and value—no matter how complex…
Our commitment to delivering the best service…always…
Our passion for what we do and the people we serve…
At Paragon Steel, it’s what’s in our DNA that makes us uniquely us.

NEW BLOG

Korean Missile Crisis

This current missile crisis reminds me of a story a political science professor once told while I was attending UCLA back in 1973.
This was just a little over a decade after the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
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QUALITY & SERVICE

We pride ourselves on giving high quality service to all our customers.

RANGE OF PRODUCTS

We have a diverse range of steel products to fit most any requirements.

CUSTOMER LOYALTY

Customers come back to us because they want high quality and value

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

We pay close attention to the details because you expect the very best

The Paragon Steel Promise:

To provide higher levels of quality and service to our customers
while delivering any product, in any size or specification.

ABOUT US

It's Business. It's Personal.

By Jim Stavis

It was more than 42 years ago when I started my first automotive aftermarket business called Pace Setter Industries. It grew to become the largest muffler manufacturer west of the Mississippi. In addition to business concepts, the one thing I had to become knowledgeable with was steel. We had bought an incredible amount of tubing, aluminized steel and steel coils of all varieties. I found myself frustrated with the vendors on the supply side of steel distribution. To fulfill all of our processes, we needed more than a dozen different types of steel vendors. Since we ran a production line, getting just-in-time vendors was critical to our success.

After 16 years in business, I eventually sold my interest in the muffler company and joined Doug Carpenter, who was a close vendor and friend. Together, we formed Paragon Steel in 1988 in Long Beach. The lessons I learned in my prior business in meeting the needs of manufacturing became the blueprint for our new company. Our sole focus was to provide higher levels of quality and service to our customers. When customers would ask what we could provide, we would respond with, “Whatever you need.” We broke the barrier of specialization. For years, steel distributors would only carry one type of commodity, such as structural shapes, or plates, or flat rolled or stainless and aluminum products. At Paragon Steel, we can provide any product, in any size or specification. Our boundaries are endless. There was a time when steel distributors dictated to their customers when deliveries could be made or how many pieces were in a bundle of steel. We looked at that as an old paradigm. Why not provide delivery when the customer wanted it in the quantities they desired? It sounds simple today, but back in 1988, it was revolutionary thinking.

So now, some 26 years later, we are still evolving. Customer needs have certainly changed. Customers now have technology at their disposal to source online, send out requisitions via e-mail and do not require the face-to-face contact that used to be a fundamental part of developing relationships. As a vendor, it is much harder to foster those relationships, and we find that it is still a vital part of business. At Paragon Steel, we view ourselves as an extension of a customer’s purchasing department. If we cannot provide value, then there really would be no reason for us to exist, let alone prosper.

So enough about the past…what about the future? We see a changing landscape. The continuing trend of mergers and consolidation with steel service centers will make companies like ours more unique and special. Bigger companies cannot shift in and out markets as we can. They become too structured and bureaucratic to provide the levels of service that customers now demand. There is no going back on that. And even though communication has changed and markets have changed, and continue to change, it still boils down to people doing business with people they can trust. We welcome the opportunity to earn yours.

Jim Stavis Speaks

I am not just a President & CEO—I am also a triple transplant recipient, surviving a surgery that is both incredibly rare and risky. How did I manage Type I diabetes, the transplant wait list, running a successful company and caring for a family? Here’s a hint: It has to do with HOPE.

I share this story of hope through my award-winning documentary Source of Hope as well as through professional speaking engagements across the nation. To request a copy of my documentary or learn more about booking me as a speaker for your next event, visit www.jimstavis.com. You can also follow Jim Stavis Speaks on my official Facebook page. Or sign up here to be added to the distribution list for Paragon Steel’s quarterly insightful business newsletter where I also share stories of hope.

—Jim Stavis, President & CEO, Paragon Steel

Jim Stavis

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Our Focus. Our Expertise.

Our focus and expertise in distribution and processing allow us to take care of all your metal needs—large or small, easy or hard-to-find and always with the higher level of quality and service our customers expect from us:

OUR PRODUCTS

• WF Beams
• I-Beams
• HR Channel
• HR Sheet & Coil
• CR Sheet & Coil
• HR Plate
• Flat Bar
• Round Bar
• Square Bar
• Rectangular Tube
• Round Tube
• Pipe
• Floor Plate
• Expanded Metal
• Trench Plate
• Shoring
• Stainless Steel
• Aluminum

OUR SERVICES

• Flamecutting
• Forming
• Cutting
• Punching
• Shearing
• Slitting
• Beam Splitting
• Water Jet
• Coating


OUR SPECIALTIES

• Hard-to-find items
• Fast & reliable deliveries
• Custom packaging & marking
• Just-in-time programs
• CalTrans approved
• Federal & state approved
• Full & broken bundles

Paragon Steel Aluminum Resource Guide

WEIGHT BOOKS

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weight book resource guides
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Paragon Steel Carbon Resource Guide

MEDIA

Paragon Steel and our President & CEO Jim Stavis are proud to be featured throughout the media in articles about our company, industry trends and causes that are close to our heart—organ donation and hope through adversity in business and in life. Visit this section often for good reads and inspiration!

The Damascus sword was a weapon of legends and great warfare, leading armies to victories during the Crusades and other major battles. Changhoon Kang, author of “Era of Steel”, discusses the blade’s origin story, highlighting its legendary steel roots. In the high street of Damascus, the capital of Syria, there stands a statue of a warrior on horseback. Dashing through the city on his horse with his soldiers with his eyes staring at front-line, a grim face, and heroic vigor,—Read the full story here »

The Hero of Islam, Saladin’s Damascus Blade

As seen on Posco.com's ``The Steel Wire``

Economists are worried about the fall-out of US President Donald Trump’s plans to impose barriers on steel imports into the USA. It has been argued that the effect would be catastrophic not only on the US steel industry, but on the country’s broader economy and trade infrastructure. The potential for disaster is so strong that 15 former Chairs of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, claims a report by NBC News, have written an open letter to ‘The Donald’ urging him to reconsider and laying out their arguments against tariffs.—Read the full story here »

Will He Or Won’t He Impose Tariffs?

As featured on steeltimesint.com

The Trump administration has launched an investigation into whether foreign imports of steel compromise U.S. national security, a step towards fulfilling a campaign promise of cracking down more severely on the unfair trading practices of countries like China. President Trump gathered with steel industry executives and press in the Oval Office Thursday to sign a memo directing the Commerce Department to expedite the investigation, which was officially launched Wednesday night. Trump called the signing “a historic day for American steel and, most importantly, for American steelworkers.”—Read the full story here »

Trump Administration Launches Investigation Into Steel Imports

As featured in The Washington Post, Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

With U.S. Steel taking center stage in discussions about trade and tariffs, how is this impacting sourcing for the material?—Watch the video here »

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Contact Us

Don’t settle on your metal.
Let us bring quality and service to your next project.

Meet the newest member of our sales team:

noelle-leeNoelle Lee

Noelle has been selling steel products for more than six years on the East Coast and was recently transferred out west temporarily. Once she got a taste of life in Southern California (especially over the winter), she decided to stay here full time. We had to convince her that it really doesn’t rain as much as it did this year. Noelle’s background is strong in steel plate, and like Jerry, her steel knowledge is being broadened to include many more steel, aluminum and stainless products.

You can reach Noelle at (908) 675-6847 • nlee@paragonsteel.com

7405 E. Slauson Avenue
Commerce, CA 90040
info@paragonsteel.com

Paragon Steel – It's In Our DNA

Toll Free: 800-388-8998
Phone: 562-216-4000
Fax: 562-216-4001

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