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The Early Years


Tell Steel 1979 Aerial view from the west

Tell Steel was founded in 1959 by Tell D. Tuffli and his son, Don L. Tuffli. After several years in the metals industry, Tell Tuffli knew that giving the customer what they wanted when they wanted it was true customer service.

Our motto “First In Service” was the cornerstone in the building of our Company. In the early years, Tell, Don, and his daughter, Dale, depended on a power hack saw and one truck to fulfill their promise of “First In Service”.

Today we offer our processing services using 10 automatic band saws, 1 aluminum plate saw, 3 multiple torch programmable flame cutting machines, 1 plasma cutting machine, 2 plate shears and 2 water jet machines. Other services now offered include punching, drilling, Blanchard Grinding and miter cutting. Our fleet of trucks has grown to 9.

The Tuffli Family rewarded the employees for their commitment to the motto “First In Service” by giving them the opportunity to purchase the Company. In 2006, Tell Steel became Employee Owned and Operated.

We now have over 50 people dedicated to serving you as our customers. More than one quarter of our current Employee Owners have been with the Company for 25 years or more and learned the value of service first hand from the founder. We intend to keep that tradition alive.Throughout our history, Tell Steel has continually worked to increase and diversify our inventory based on our customers needs. From the original 5,000 square foot single Bay, we have grown to a 100,000 foot multiple Bay facility stocking over 4,000 different products and sizes.

We thank all of our customers for giving us the opportunity to serve them and pledge to continue to provide the product and services you require.

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