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Who We Are

  • Who We Are

30+ years serving the needs of the market


We are Southern Tool Steel. Tool steel is embedded into our name but let us show you all that we can provide. That includes a broad inventory of carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum to go along with our market-leading stock of tool steel grades. It also includes a specialty in cutting your material to size—no minimum requirements.

As a part of the Ryerson Family of Companies, we have the resources, experience, and capacity to source your material, cut to your specifications, and delivered to you when needed.

Our Difference

The Material You Need

Southern Tool Steel specializes in tool steel. As part of The Ryerson Family of Companies, we can provide a broader spectrum of materials with better lead times as well.

How You Need It

From large production cutting to specialized processing services, our fabrication capabilities help get the job done.

When and Where You Need It

Our fast and flexible order fulfillment options means we will get you the metal on-time and as-needed.

Our Services & Solutions

From how it's sourced to how it's delivered, we offer services to help you get the metal you need, when you need it.

Our History

50+ years of experience working with machine shops and tool & die shops.

Our roots go back to 1968 when we were founded as Chattanooga Machine and Fabrication. Like other machine shops and tool & die shops nationwide at the time, we were frustrated by the high cut fees and unreasonable minimum order requirements of local steel suppliers. Some saw it as a challenge, but we took it as an opportunity to make an impact.

In 1984, we became Southern Tool Steel, with the intent to eliminate these challenges for others while providing a better solution overall. What started out as three employees, a 1,100-sq.ft. facility and one saw has evolved today to become a company that is 50 employees strong. From production cutting to Blanchard grinding, to our 14 high-speed saws, our capabilities continue to evolve, all aligned with our original intent: to solve critical challenges for machine shops and tool & die shops. This intent was further enhanced in 2015 when we joined the Ryerson Family of Companies, which allows us to provide customers with unprecedented access to material and value-added services. From here, the opportunities to provide value are endless.