Contact Request

Please complete the required fields and one of our knowledgeable representatives will contact you shortly.


Choose a country or language:


Chicago: Ryerson Global Headquarters

227 West Monroe Street
27th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-292-5000
Find another location
Request a contact ›

Our History

Ryerson is built on over 170 years of ingenuity, innovation and hard work.

See major milestones and historic photos showcasing Ryerson’s legacy of nearly 200 years providing metals services and products in the modern, industrialized world.


  • ryerson-history-_1842

    1 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1842 — Joseph T. Ryerson opens his iron store along the banks of the Chicago River.

  • ryerson-history-_1871

    2 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1871 — The Great Chicago Fire leaves Mr. Ryerson’s warehouse in ruins, but he immediately reopens in temporary quarters and rebuilds his iron store.

  • ryerson-history-_1903

    3 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1903 — The Ford Motor Company is founded in Detroit. Joseph T. Ryerson II, sent to check its credit, reports “in my opinion, it would be perfectly safe to extend regular credit.”

  • ryerson-history-_1908

    4 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1908 — Ryerson moves to facilities at 16th and Rockwell in Chicago, a plant that would remain in use until 2011.

  • ryerson-history-_1909

    5 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1909 — Ryerson opens a warehouse in New York, marking the first time the business moves outside of Chicago.

  • ryerson-history-_1911

    6 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1911 — As the use of alloy steel grows with new railroad, automotive and machinery requirements, Ryerson makes its first offering of alloy stocks.

  • ryerson-history-_1926

    7 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1926 — Ryerson adds stocks of stainless steel only two years after the new metal’s first commercial production. Stainless goes on to become one of Ryerson’s main product offerings.

  • ryerson-history-_1935

    8 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1935 — Ryerson merges with Inland Steel Company. For the next six decades, Ryerson will focus on distribution, and Inland will serve as the manufacturing arm of the company.

  • ryerson-history-_1937

    9 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1937 — With buyers becoming more quality conscious, Ryerson’s Certified Steel Plan sets new standards for the service center industry.

  • ryerson-history-_1946

    10 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1946 — The company opens its first West Coast plant in Los Angeles, bringing the number of service centers to twelve.

  • ryerson-history-_1955

    11 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1955 — Ryerson adds its first full stocks of aluminum.

  • ryerson-history-_1957

    12 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1957 — Ryerson publishes an Equal Opportunity Policy before it is legally required or common corporate practice.

  • ryerson-history-_1967

    13 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1967 — Ryerson’s 125th anniversary. The company is now the nation’s leading supplier of steel from stock and largest aluminum distributor. This same year, the company acquires Federal Steel Corporation.

  • ryerson-history-_1984

    14 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1984 — The company achieves its first billion-dollar sales year. Ryerson also adds nickel alloys to its product line.

  • ryerson-history-_1986

    15 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1986 — With the acquisition of Atlanta-based J.M. Tull Metals, Ryerson greatly expands its presence and capabilities in the Southern United States.

  • ryerson-history-_1996

    16 / 20

    Hide Caption

    1996 — The company changes its name to Ryerson Tull and makes an IPO of 13 percent of its shares on the NYSE.

  • ryerson-history-_2005

    17 / 20

    Hide Caption

    2005 — Ryerson Tull acquires Integris Metals, the fourth largest metals service center in North America, and changes its name to Ryerson.

  • ryerson-history-_2006

    18 / 20

    Hide Caption

    2006 — Global growth continues with the acquisition of Van Shung Chong Holdings Ryerson China Limited is formed, with facilities in Dongguan, Guangzhou and Tianjin.

  • ryerson-history-_2007

    19 / 20

    Hide Caption

    2007 — Ryerson is acquired by Platinum Equity, ushering in a new era of entrepreneurship and growth.

  • ryerson-history-_2010

    20 / 20

    Hide Caption

    2010 — Ryerson enters Mexico as Ryerson Metals de Mexico and becomes 100% shareholder of Ryerson China Limited.