Starting from a 5,000-square-foot warehouse 22 years ago, Discount Steel is now a national supplier of industrial and construction-related metal products and services nationwide. It distributes steel, aluminum, copper and brass in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and grades, as well as hardware for tools and saws. It has processing centers in Minnesota and Texas, both of which offer shearing, sawing, laser cutting, machining, forming, welding and other production capabilities. Discount Steel works with Fortune 500 companies and do-it-yourselfers (including artists), thanks to its lack of a required minimum order.
Founder and current CFO John Dormanen started working with steel when he was 16 years old. In 2012, his wife, Diane, took over as CEO. Under her leadership, Discount Steel now has several women managing different departments, including sales, warehouse and office; half of the members of their business’s board of directors are women, a relative rarity in the male-dominated steel-products industry.