Our History

The North American Steel Alliance was born after several years of exploring the concept of forming a purchasing cooperative, a founding group of entrepreneurs took a "leap of faith" and began a process to form North American Steel Alliance.

In September 1996, a small group of steel service centers from the United States and Canada met to form what was to quickly become one of the largest steel and metal buying groups in the country. This group elected its first Board of Directors chaired by Larry Liebovich of Liebovich Steel & Aluminum and within a short period of time, over 30 companies representing over $1 billion in revenue officially incorporated the North American Steel Alliance in November 1996. In July 1997, North American Steel Alliance employed its first President & CEO, Lonnie Terry and Vice President, Miles Donovan.

The North American Steel Alliance, Inc. became one of the largest cooperatives in the U.S. and Canada after being in existence for less than two years. It is the only successful cooperative venture in the steel industry in the U.S. and Canada. Today, the North American Steel Alliance (“NASA”) serves a community of 121 member/owners and suppliers from four office locations, San Juan Capistrano, CA, Elgin, IL, Pittsburgh, PA and Waukesha, WI. Its steel service center member/owners represent approximately $8 billion in combined annual revenues.