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The company has a long history in the cold drawn steel bar business with over 70 years producing cold drawn steel bars for service centers, screw machine shops and OEM’s located coast to coast throughout the United States.

The past -- FORT  HOWARD  STEEL:

In 1936, Frank and Paul Van Laanen, brothers and owners of Green Bay Drop Forge, were on a fishing trip when they struck up a conversation on fishing equipment with a stranger.  He just happened to be Mr. Lowenstein, owner of Central Steel & Wire - Chicago, Illinois, who remarked how all steel companies were so busy and that Central Steel & Wire was looking for a new supplier. 

The result was Fort Howard Steel & Wire, a division of Research Parts & Engineering Corporation, which began operations in 1936 producing cold drawn steel bars, located at 200 Ninth Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

In 1990, a new modern plant was built at 1240 Contract Drive in Green Bay with all equipment from Ninth Street relocated to the new 63,000 square feet facility, plus a new line was added giving the company a total of seven lines with a combined capacity of 50,000 tons.

In April 1996, the founders’ relatives, Jeff Mitchell, Paul Van Laanen and Jim Growt became the new owners, growing and developing a very successful company. In 2005 the Oak Creek plant was sold to Nucor, and the Green Bay plant was sold to an investment group comprised of Ronald Anderson, (owner of Wilcox Forging), the management team, steel industry experts and local investors.


On December 20, 2010, Turret Steel Industries, based in Imperial, PA acquired the assets of Wilcox Steel, with a goal to position the company for a new period of growth. With our modern facility and equipment as well as a terrific, experienced and committed workforce but with a new vision to become a leading edge diversified manufacturer of cold drawn steel bars, Wilcox is proudly looking forward to the future.

With a seventy-year history of producing cold drawn steel bars, Wilcox Steel aims to continue being a long time producer of cold drawn steel bars to service centers, screw machine shops and OEM’s throughout North America.