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We are experts in premium quality.

Experienced in
solutions to meet your business’ demands.

As a Chicago and Minneapolis metal supplier, we understand the demands specific to your business and are committed to providing you with expert solutions.


Viking Materials will use our foundation in quality products and dependable service to offer tangible and intangible value to our customers. We intend to be a strategic partner to both our customers and our suppliers through our dedication to continual improvement of ability, product, process, and industry knowledge.


To be the markets first choice for metal products as a result of an organization-wide commitment to building trust and embracing change.

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“We believe that one person can make a difference, but that ongoing success requires a diverse team of dedicated people and companies working together to realize meaningful improvement. ”


A remarkable past leads to an innovative future.

Allen Applegate founded Viking Materials in his Minneapolis garage in 1972 and developed it into a major league metals supplier to the Upper Midwest. Applegate learned early on that service and solving customers problems were the keys to success.

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  • 1972

    Founded by Allen Applegate

  • 1979

    Acquired Caine Steel, Minneapolis

  • 1985

    Opened Chicago facility at Schiller Park

  • 1991

    Moved Chicago operations to new, larger quarters in Franklin Park

  • 2001

    Acquired by Reliance

  • 2011

    Installed 5/16” 72” Redbud leveling line

  • 2016

    Added ¼” 72” Braner slitting line with corrective leveling

  • 1975

    Opened Chicago sales office

  • 1982

    Purchased Minneapolis (New Hope) warehouse and merged Caine Steel into Viking Materials

  • 1990

    Moved to current facility in Minneapolis

  • 1999

    Expanded Minneapolis facility and added Red Bud Blanking Line with in-line embossing capabilities

  • 2002

    Added processing of stainless steel and aluminum

  • 2012

    Doubled cut to length capacity in Franklin Park, with the addition of a 60” Herr-Voss leveling line

  • 2016

    Franklin Park moves into new 90,000 sqft facility

Committed to Quality


Most of the material purchased and distributed by Viking Materials is produced to the requirements of ASTM specifications. In many cases, we can also provide material that complies with various other specs on a special order basis.

Click here to view the obsolete and current ASTM specifications.


The Viking Materials quality management system is based on ISO 9001:2008 International Standards.

Strategically Located.

As a Chicago and Minneapolis metal supplier, our service centers both offer: Rail access and the ability to handle 50,000-pound coils— Providing centralized access for rail and trucking purposes leading to fast turnaround times.

Chicago Service Center

Reached by rail, three major interstate highways, and located close to O’Hare, this 90,000-square foot plant features drive-through loading and unloading.

Minneapolis Service Center

Centrally located with great access to interstates, this 122,000-square-foot plant is served by an independent rail company. Viking Materials employees move rail cars into this plant via their own Trackmobile®.

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Reliance INC.

Independently operated, corporately strong.

In 2001, Viking Materials was acquired by Reliance, a family of companies:

Founded in 1939, Reliance is one of the largest metal service center companies in the United States. With more than 180 processing centers in 37 states, Belgium, Canada, China, South Korea and the United Kingdom. We offer over 100,000 different metal products and consistently ranked #1 in customer service surveys. Our annual revenues in excess of $7 billion. Reliance believes in buying well-managed companies and letting them continue to operate independently.

Everything Viking Materials and Reliance does is focused on how to serve the customer better. To learn more about our corporate resources, visit the Reliance web site.

Reliance Website
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