The Storage & Processors Story


Storage & Processors, founded by Steve Parker and Joe Trapolino, was formed in 1979 as a pure toll processor. In 1985 the company added Storage & Processors Trucking and became the only company in the south that handled direct discharge, cut-to-length, terminal, rail, local, and over the road trucking and over the next 29 years became the go to processing partner in the Port of Houston.

At the conclusion of 2009, Joe Trapolino sold the business to Steel and Pipe Supply who saw the vast capabilities and strategic location of Storage & Processors as a key opportunity to add an array of services to their growing portfolio. In early 2011, Storage & Processors acquired Gassett Metals LTD extending Storage & Processors capabilities, footprint and bring even more talent to Storage & Processors.

Since the beginning,  Storage & Processors has listened to customers’ needs and focused on providing the necessary processing capabilities to fill those needs. The direct discharge and trucking businesses were sold in January 2014 and consolidated all operations into the Port of Houston. In 2015, Storage & Processors partnered with SPS Metallurgical Laboratories, LLC to bring physical steel testing as an in-house offering to our customers.

With our Herr-Voss Heavy Gauge Line and our Herr-Voss Light Line, along with our Wean Slitter & Cluster leveler, all strategically located on 22 acres inside the Port of Houston, Storage & Processors has directed its focus on being the go to provider of cut-to-length, cluster leveling, slitting, handling, service and storage.



Port of Houston


portThe Port of Houston is the nation’s busiest port in terms of foreign tonnage and second busiest port in total tonnage in 2015, which included more than 4.7 million tons of steel.  The Port of Houston is also the only port where cargo is handled by direct discharge.

As a result, being inside the Port of Houston provides Storage & Processors’ customers accessibility to a wide range of domestic and international steel supply at a freight advantage over our competition’s locations.


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The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA) is a professional organization with more than 2,500 members working together to improve the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industry.  Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal producers, fabricators, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and schools together through volunteer opportunities, educational programs, networking events, and FABTECH ®, the industry’s leading trade show.

Rick Hargrove, Vice-President/General Manager of Storage & Processors, serves on the Board of Directors of the FMA, and he Chairs the Coil Technology Council.