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Dupré Logistics Partners with SB Specialty Metals

(Lafayette, La.) — Dupré Logistics, LLC announced today that they have partnered with SB Specialty Metals, LLC to help improve SB Specialty Metals’ service, expand their coverage, and in turn grow their business. SB needed a supply chain that would minimize product handling, reduce stock outs and improve service to their customers. Their focus was not on reducing their current freight expenses but rather to more effectively utilize freight dollars spent on third party LTL and line haul shipments.

“Dupré was the only company that actually understood the type of partnership that SB Specialty Metals was looking for and in turn helped us implement a plan exceeding our expectations and allowing our company to achieve its objectives,” says Ken Roberds, District Manager of SB Specialty Metals. “Some see freight expenses as a necessary evil, but we view it as a tool that can work for us.”

Dupré provides dedicated inter-company distribution between SB Specialty Metals’ Metal Service Centers and customers in the markets of Chicago, Dayton, Cleveland, Akron, Meadville and Detroit. Dupré’s operation reduces capital investment requirements and provides a scalable, measureable supply chain for SB Specialty Metals and their customers. The operation utilizes Conestoga Trailers, which provide increased efficiency during loading and unloading while protecting the cargo from the harsh elements experienced in the mid-west. As SB Specialty Metals’ business has grown, so has the size of Dupré’s dedicated operation and they anticipate adding additional units in early 2012.

Dupré Logistics LLC is a team of professionals who design and deliver safe, diversified solutions and services for quality-focused clients committed to increasing their competitive advantage. Dupré has more than 1,000 team members and headquartered in Lafayette, La. For more information, visit

SB Specialty Metals LLC, operates 10 specialty metal service centers across North America. SB Specialty Metals is a leader in distribution of specialty steel bar products, as well as, high alloy particle metallurgy materials and other specialty metals. SBSM services many industrial and retail sectors including aerospace, automotive, energy, tool and die, stainless distribution and high quality knife products.