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Our Team is Growing: Bill Thoma Joins Gibbs as Midwest Strip Sales Manager

stainless steel strip coil and slit coilGibbs is pleased to announce the addition of Bill Thoma as Strip Sales Manager for the Midwest Region of the U.S.  Bill is based out of the Gibbs South Bend, Indiana, facility.  He comes to us a seasoned professional in the Metals Industry.  Bill began his metals career with Ulbrich Steel, working in Manufacturing, Sales, and Production Layout.  In 2005, he launched his own firm, TNT Steel Sales, acting as a broker, independent representative, and sourcing consultant specializing in narrow width, slit and edged strip products.

In his new role at Gibbs, Bill will be responsible for expanding strip and slit coil sales in the Midwest region and beyond.

Bill’s philosophy on business is simple. He looks to listen for the needs of the customer in an effort to solve the problems they identify as constraints or challenges.  Bill is patient and persistent. He takes a genuine interest in his customers’ manufacturing processes in an effort to identify solutions that lower their costs and add value to their products.

If you would like Bill to contact you to discuss your strip and slit coils needs, please email him below or call him directly at:

Toll Free: 1.800.788.8113
Phone: 574.234.6071

304 Stainless Steel Strip and Slit Coil

304 Stainless Steel Strip
304 Stainless Steel Strip

Type 304 stainless steel strip, to ASTM A-666, UNS S30400, and AMS 5513, is an austenitic grade of stainless and is similar to Type 302 but, has a lower carbon content of .08%. This material has excellent corrosion resistance and can be easily fabricated. Gibbs stocks Type 304 stainless in gauges from .005” to .062” and precision slits up to 24″ wide.  Gibbs can provide 304 stainless steel strip in all quantities from 25# to large production runs of truckload quantities.  Special edges are also available:

  • #1 round edge
  • #5 deburred
  • Square Edge
  • Pinch Rolled
  • Chamfered
  • Angled
  • Beveled
  • Custom Edge to Print via CAD or customer print
  • Standard #3 slit edge

Gibbs provides ribbon wound coils or precision oscillate wound bobbins, spools, or reels to your specifications. (view all oscillate options here)

304 strip is often used for drawing, forming, punching, stamping and is used heavily in the food, chemical, petroleum, automotive, and architectural application.  304L is an extra low version with .03% max carbon and is commonly used for welding applications.

304 stainless steel is a readily available alloy in most forms and it’s commonly selected for it’s relatively low market price.

Typical Applications for 304 stainless steel strip:

  • hypodermic needles
  • flexible hoses
  • clamps
  • evaporators
  • bellows
  • airbag sensors
  • tubing
  • cooling coils
  • hinges
  • oil and gas filter screens

Chemical Composition:

ElementQuantity per ASTM-A240
Carbon0.08 max
Manganese:2.00 max
Phosphorus:0.040 maxSulfur:
Sulfur: 0.030 max
Silicon: 1.00 max
Chromium:18.00- 20.00
Nickel: 8.00- 10.50
Copper:0.75 max
Molybdenum: 0.75 max

Call us today at 1-800-800-4422 or submit an RFQ for Quotation  or fill out the form below.  If you don’t see the size you’re looking for in our catalog, please be sure to submit an RFQ for Quotation.  We only publish a portion of the inventory we stock.


Gibbs-Online.com: Your 24/7 Customer Service Portal!

Gibbs is excited to present the new Gibbs-Online.com customer service portal.  The new website allows customers access to all of their Gibbs documents:

  • Open & Closed Orders with Excel Download Options
  • Open & Closed with Excel Download Options
  • Invoices Payment Dates with Check Numbers and Open Invoice Totals
  • Invoice Reprints
  • Certification Reprint Request


It’s fast and easy!  Request your Gibbs-Online account in the form below!

Our Sales staff will always be there to assist but, if you’d like to have this extra layer of access to your account, it’s available to you now.

Gibbs® At A Glance

Gibbs® is an ISO 9001:2015 Processor and Distributor of Strip Coil and Wire Products in Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel, Nickel Alloys, and Red Metals



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  • Five U.S. locations in Connecticut, North Carolina, Indiana, Texas, California
  • Canada location in Brampton, Ontario
  • Mexico location in Queretaro, Mexico

Our Mission:

Our goal at Gibbs is to be the highest quality supplier of specialty steel products in the marketplace. We will realize this goal through use of a Continuous Improvement Plan, Employee Education, Training & a company-wide Commitment to Excellence.blog1

The management of Gibbs recognizes that its people are the key to establishing error-free production. By promoting teamwork and providing the tools to achieve top performance, Gibbs strives to meet and surpass our customers’ requirements the first time, every time.

Contact Us: 800-800-4422 in the U.S & Canada or @ +860.621.0121

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The Benefits of Shaped Wire vs. Machined Bar or Plate

shapedwireinterestingRolled Shaped Wire products all begin their manufacturing process with a metal round wire starting diameter that is rolled to size and shape through a series of rolls and intermediate anneals, when applicable.

Custom Profiles and Shaped Wire products can lower costs due to the reduction of machining time and material waste as it’s produced near-to or made-to the size and shape needed. It is supplied in continuous coils with fewer or no welds for longer run times, highly accurate shapes, and consistent properties throughout the cross section of the wire. Shaped wire can be symmetrical or asymmetrical and is available in stainless steel, carbon alloys, red metals, titanium, nickel alloys, and exotic alloys. One common use for shaped wire is ‘wedge wire’ produced specifically for filter screens and liquid-solid separation and used in a wide variety of industries like pulp & paper, waste treatment, fish hatcheries, and commercial walkways. Shaped wire is also used for spring applications, automotive, aerospace, medical, electronics, and more.

Flat wire is generally defined as a dimensional cross section of less than a 5:1 ratio. It is used for applications where a burr free edge is critical and rolled edge strip is not a viable option due to cross section size or mechanical property requirements. Flat wire is generally offered as a ‘natural round’ edge created by reducing the starting diameter round wire with top and bottom rolls creating a ‘natural’ curvature (round edge) that forms as the top and bottom of the round wire is flattened. Flat wire can also be produced with controlled radius corners or a shaped square edge. These additional edges are formed with side rolls. Flat wire is used for countless applications from Li-Ion batteries, windshield wiper blades, hand tools, guide wires, window mechanisms, springs, and more.

Square wire is another popular wire shape and is used in hundreds of end uses such as header bars, eyeglass frames, orthodontic wire, and hand tools. It is shaped with top, bottom, and side rolls and can be produced with controlled radius edges or a shaped square edge.

Benefits of Shaped Wire over Machined Bar or Plate:

• Continuous coils with fewer or no welds & multiple winding options
• Tight dimensional tolerances
• Produced to finish size or near-finish size for no, or minimal machining
• Consistent properties throughout the cross section of the wire
• Ability to roll complex shapes
• Can be produced to specific mechanical property ranges

Submit your quote for Shaped Wire Products Here or contact Tom Nichols at 800-800-4422 for more information.