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Cargill Sheds US Metals Business to Japanese Firm Metal One

September 11, 2017
A Cargill steel processing plant in Loudon, TN, pictured here, will come under the ownership of Metal One under the terms of the sale. Image courtesy of Google Maps
A Cargill steel processing plant in Loudon, TN, pictured here, will come under the ownership of Metal One under the terms of the sale. Image courtesy of Google Maps

Minneapolis, MN-based products Cargill Inc. signed an agreement to sell its U.S. metals business to Japanese firm Metal One on Sept. 8 for undisclosed terms.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Metal One will take possession of eight Cargill processing plants and its commercial activities in Huston and Minneapolis. The company intends to set up a U.S. subsidiary to manage the newly acquired assets, expanding on its existing national steel distribution capabilities within America.

“This acquisition will be a great strategic fit with our current asset base in North America,” Metal One’s president and chief executive officer, Shuichi Iwata, said in a Cargill press release announcing the agreement. “We will provide continuous support for the excellent customer and supplier relationships that Cargill has established in the U.S. metals market and we look forward to leveraging the acquired business to further enhance our presence in the U.S.”

Cargill said it expects the sale to close before the end of 2017.

“While no longer owning steel processing centers, Cargill will continue to be active in global ferrous markets, offering tailored physical supply and financial solutions in iron ore and steel through our business in the Asia Pacific region,” said David Dines, president of Cargill Metals & Shipping, in a statement.

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