Triple-S Steel Does Global Business with a Local Touch

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Photos courtesy of Triple-S Steel Holdings.

Triple-S Steel Holdings, Inc. ("Triple-S") was founded in 1960 as a small new and used steel yard by Bruce Stein. Named for his wife Shirley, his mother Sarah, and his sister Sharlene, and located next door to his father’s scrap yard, Triple-S has since grown to become one of America’s largest merchants of structural steel.

 The next generation, Bruce & Shirley’s sons Gary, Bradley and David entered the business in the early 1980s.  Gary became president of the then 10 employee firm just days after graduation from UT Austin in 1983.

Today, Triple-S is in the American steel distribution industry.  The company today participates in many sectors of steel distribution and processing, its heavy emphasis is on Structural Steel for construction and manufacturing.  In the port of Houston community, the company supplies tens of thousands of tons annually for barge, boat and drydock construction.    The company has 60 locations spread over 17 states and several countries, including Colombia, Canada, and UAE. It was North America's 12th largest service center in the 2023 Metal Center News Top 50, with sales of $2.6 billion. Selling over one million tons annually, Triple-S supplies steel for all types of construction and heavy manufacturing.  The company still operates several retail operations open to small fabricators and do it yourselfers. The specialty metals division supplies Stainless Steel, Aluminum and Brass for many corrosions resistant applications such as pressure vessels and marine piping.

Since the day Triple-S opened its doors for business, the company has followed the most basic of principles: stability – to buy fair and sell fair and to treat people with respect.

In February 2024, Nataly Marks was named the company's first-ever non-family President. Marks joined Triple-S in August of 2022 with 20 years of experience across investment and commercial banking platforms. She previously worked as the head of middle-market banking at JP Morgan in the Houston, Austin, El Paso, and San Antonio regions. Gary Stein continues to be the CEO of the company.

Marks is excited to lead a company so rich in its commitment to the company, customers, and community. "I am honored to join a company with a 64-year legacy, steeped in incredible values of the Stein family, and continue to build on the great company culture and impressive capabilities," she said in the Metal Center News publication. "We are creating a 100-year family-owned business that can take care of customers with a local touch but extensive and global product and processing capabilities."

Note: Nataly Marks will be the guest speaker at the June Commerce Club—for more information about the Port Bureau's Commerce Club luncheons, go to: