Founded in 1901, Columbia Steel is a worldwide leading manufacturer of steel alloy and iron alloy impact, wear and heat resistant replacement parts for basic industry. Industries served include: aggregate, hard rock mining, dragline mining, metal recycling (shredding), cement manufacturing, coal-fired power, and more. Columbia Steel employees work closely with customers to provide optimized parts through improved designs and superior materials. Columbia Steel manufactures parts in a broad variety of wear and heat resistant alloys, fully heat treated and machined to the most exacting specifications. Every step from engineering and pattern making to casting, machining, heat treating and quality assurance all take place in one integrated manufacturing facility. All parts are made at Columbia Steel`s 86-acre Portland, Oregon USA facility.
- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Waste and Recycling - Metal Recycling
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Year Founded:
- $10,000,000 US - $100,000,000 US
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We make replacement wear part castings for abrasive and high heat applications in mining, crushing, grinding, and shredding, for industrial clients worldwide.
Since 1901, Columbia Steel has produced wear parts for heavy industry, all made in the USA and engineered to increase safety, productivity, and uptime. Through innovation, superior alloy selection, and working closely with our customers, we've built a solid worldwide reputation as a trusted castings manufacturer.
Where is Columbia Steel located?
Columbia Steel Casting Co., Inc. is in Portland, Oregon, USA. We are near the historic St. Johns neighborhood, and adjacent to the Columbia Slough wetlands. Our street address is 10425 N. Bloss Avenue, Portland, OR 97203. Regular postal mail should be sent to P.O. Box 83095, Portland, OR 97283.
What do you manufacture there?
Columbia Steel manufactures a wide variety of steel and iron parts for basic industry. These are replacement parts for high-wear applications, such as those that take abuse from abrasion, impact, or heat in rock crushers, grinding mills, mine shovels and draglines, electric power plants, cement plants, and metal and waste recycling shredders. We are a vertically integrated manufacturer with all the departments in-house to engineer and manufacture castings.
How large is your facility?
How many people do you employ?Columbia Steel has over 450,000 sq. ft. of buildings on our 86 acre site. We warehouse 115,000 square feet of ready-to-use and customizable patterns for castings. Currently we employ about 300 people.
How old is the company?
We were founded in 1901 in Portland, Oregon. At the turn of the century, machinery and spare parts for industry had to be brought in by ship from San Francisco or by rail from the East. These distances and delivery times inspired a group of businessmen to form Columbia Engineering Works, which later became Columbia Steel Casting Co., Inc.
What are your business hours?
Our Customer Service hours are 6:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Pacific Time), Monday to Friday, and our main office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday.
Who is the Columbia Steel sales representative in my area? Please contact our Customer Service department, to obtain the name of your Columbia Steel District Manager or Dealer.
An American family business with over 100 years of industrial manufacturing expertise.
The Northwest at the turn of the century
In 1901, Portland’s natural port via the Columbia River made the city a hub of commerce for inland industries like logging, mining and agriculture. The demand for cast steel products spurred immediate growth for Columbia Steel, the first steel foundry in the Northwest. Products of the time included railroad track switches and crossing frogs; parts for ships, such as stern frames, rudders and anchors; and parts for gold dredges. In 1916, Hobart M. Bird — whose descendants continue to operate Columbia to this day — first joined the company as a member of the foundry team. He ultimately became the President and Owner of Columbia Steel.
Years of World War I
The horseless carriage was beginning to catch on, creating a need for better roads — and a growing demand for crushed aggregate. Columbia Steel manufactured parts for stamp mills and Blake-type jaw crushers, and later Gates gyratory breakers and overhead eccentric jaw crushers. The development of the steam shovel allowed loading of larger feed material, and by 1910, gyratory crusher feed sizes had grown from 18” to 48”.
The Roaring ’20s
In 1923 the first three-phase electric arc steel melting furnace west of the Mississippi River was installed at Columbia Steel. In those days, Columbia made manganese steel by the “duplexing” method of melting ferromanganese in a cupola and mixing it in a ladle with steel from the arc furnace.
Surviving the Great Depression
The Wall Street crash of 1929 seriously impacted many of the manufacturers who relied on Columbia Steel castings. Fortunately, the company had established a strong reputation in the gold dredging industry, and this market made up about eighty percent of Columbia’s business, ensuring its survival during the ‘30s.
Wartime castings in the ’40s
Immediately after the country’s entry into World War II, a major ship building industry was rapidly established along the banks of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Columbia Steel’s foundry had a remarkable capacity for the times, making it a principal source of large steel castings for the US Navy. Columbia’s performance in this production effort was acknowledged by the award of the Navy “E” flag for excellence in achievement.
During the late ’40s and early ’50s, new copper mines were being opened in the Southwest, and this was good news for Columbia, thanks to its ability to produce replacement parts for metallic mining equipment. The 1960s were devoted to upgrading facilities to produce larger parts, thicker sections, complex configurations, tighter tolerances, and new alloys. During the ‘70s, Columbia began pouring high strength martensitic steels. In 1986, the company introduced a premium manganese steel, trade named Xtralloy®, which proved highly successful in aggregate and mining crushers. By 1990, Columbia Steel was one of the larger domestic manufacturers of replacement wear parts for industry.
Today’s Columbia Steel
In 2016, Columbia Steel celebrates 115 years of service to its customers, and continues to focus on markets that need its unique capabilities in engineering, metallurgy, casting, machining, and assembly. Columbia employees are proud to live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and to provide real, value-added wear parts to industries around the world.