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Using the latest computer controlled saws, all of our steel stock can be cut to length whether batch quantities are required or just one off's.

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Comprehensive Stock Range

Comprehensive Stock Range

Our steel stockholding is comprehensive to enable fast turnaround on deliveries when required.



High quality steel blanks, rings and almost any steel shapes can be plasma cut up to 40mm thick and oxy-propane cut up to 180mm thick.



Using the latest computer controlled saws, all of our steel stock can be cut to length whether batch quantities are required or just one off's.



Using a vertical machining centre, we have the capability to offer a range of expert machining services including drilling, notching, tapping, counter sinking and more.



Our dedicated transport fleet ensures flexibility to deliver general steels, engineering steels, bright steels, plate, sheet, sectional steel, RHS, CHS and ERW tube when you need it.

latest news from pulmans

30th June 2022

Retirement Announcement

Mike & Lesley Barr – 30 June 2022

The Directors would like to announce the retirement of Mike & Lesley Barr.

Mike has played a major part in our sales team for nearly 10 years and Lesley in our Purchasing team for 6 years.

As well as helping the Company to grow they have been a big help to all their colleagues who will miss them in their day to day roles.

The Directors, Management and Staff would like to wish them both all the Health and Happiness for the future and thank them for all their hard work over the years.

Once again thank you and good luck in all you do.

5th July 2019

What’s the best way to raise money for a charity that is dear to your heart?

David Shoesmith Total Warrior

David our MD decided the best idea was to cover himself in mud, climb through water, run through fire, dive in to 10 tons of Ice, swing like Tarzan from ropes, balance on planks, have an electric current sent through his body and much more…. and why not get the family to join in as well! And guess what they did!

TOTAL WARRIOR 2019 !! A 12k run with 25 punishing obstacles on the way. Obstacles such as the Human BBQ,  The Plunge, The Shocker, Mud Moguls, Peaks of Pain, Worm Muncher and many more. A tough challenge for anyone.

So why?

For a long time Sue Ryder has been a favourite charity of the Shoesmith family, particularly Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope, and so they decided that it was time to suffer a little to raise some money for a great cause.

“Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives.  Whether they are terminally ill, caring for someone who is or if they have lost a loved one. Sue Ryder has amazing people to assist with the practical and emotional issues that are experienced at these times. We wanted to raise money for this great cause and doing it as a family meant the world to all of us. We felt united with one aim - to get through it and finish. We are all at different fitness levels and ages so it was tough, there were times when we all thought let’s go home but we didn’t. Looking back on the day now fills me with pride and although it was tough it was immense fun.

We really hope that people can find it in their hearts to help us in supporting Manorlands. We will be thankful of any size donation as every pound counts for charities like Sue Ryder.” Says David.

We are super impressed by David for achieving this alongside his amazing family and thank you for your support.

If you would like to donate please click here.


29th April 2019

Serving a range of end uses

steel industry manufacturing

Here at Pulman Steel we are delighted that our customer base is diverse, and our steel is used in some pretty impressive end uses.

Although only serving the North of England, the area is known as a powerhouse for manufacturing, construction, transport and much more.

A large amount of steel is used within the construction industry where steel is a great product to build sustainable structures quickly. But any industry that has steel as a key element in its products or processes needs the services, reliability and expertise of a supplier who can support their diverse needs quickly and efficiently, and that is us here at Pulman Steel.

Supplying to the transport and infrastructure sector is also something we do on a weekly basis. Steel provides properties such as elasticity, strength and ductility, properties necessary for use in bridges, road side reinforcement and tunnels.

These properties of steel are also beneficial to many other industries including the energy generating sector where its use is essential for quarrying, resource extraction, electricity pylons and wind turbines.

There are not many alternatives to steel that are as cost effective whilst providing strength, flexibility and long product lifecycles. Steel plays an invaluable role in nearly every aspect of day to day life and will continue to do so long into the future.


17th April 2019

Spend a day with Steve...

Steve Makinson is our Sales Manager. Steve has been a part of the Pulman Steel team for 19 years.

His job is extremely varied, and he loves to talk about steel as much as he can. He is a big fan of his sales team being pro-active and loves the sound of a busy office.

Steve is an avid fan of music and theatre, a keen golfer trying to get back to single figures, and a huge Leeds United supporter having been a season ticket holder for longer than he can remember.

Spend a day with Steve....

6.30am - The alarm goes and I dive out of bed, a quick shower and on the road to the office at 7.15am.

8.00am - At my desk and raring to go, with a quick pot of fruit and yoghurt for breakfast. I have a brief scan through all of my emails, and make sure that all our wagons are loaded and ready deliver our steel to the large number of customers who are eagerly awaiting delivery. Some mornings I have to liaise with the customer services department to arrange a last minute delivery to help out a customer in need.

8.30am - I update the daily sales figures on our office whiteboard so everyone know how the month is progressing, and check the delivery status of the fittings and machining work we have to process.

9.00am - The sales team are at their desks and the phones have started ringing with customers enquiring for prices and placing orders. Emails are also coming in thick and fast so it looks like it is going to be another busy day in Pulmansland.

10.00am - It’s always good to communicate with Clive and Nathan to ensure that the profile and sawing departments are running smoothly so customers always get their supplies when needed. There are always lots of orders to process and we might need to juggle things around to make sure we get everything ready for our customers when they need it, but they are on top of things so no need to panic – just yet!!

11.00am - I have been pro-active this morning and spoken to various customers about their machining requirements. This has proved a positive move as I win an order to profile, drill and countersink several parts that they used to machine in-house – success!!

12.30pm - Time to snatch a bit of lunch and go for a walk along the canal so I am fresh and ready for the afternoon’s challenges – and I have to get my steps in for the day of-course.          

2.00pm - I have been back from lunch for a while now so I check the days sales figures and so far so good. I know it will get busier as the afternoon progresses, and our customers love that we are open until 5.15pm to take orders for stock for a next day delivery.

3.30pm - This afternoon one of the team won a large beam order from a new customer which included the use of our new on wagon crane offloading facility. The crane really helps our responsibility to our drivers and our customer’s safety when they are off loading heavy beams.

4.30pm - This is the time to check that all our orders are on screen and being picked, packed and made ready to be loaded for delivery tomorrow, we want to keep all our customers happy and impressed with our service.

5.15pm - The days sales are finished so I scan through my diary ensuring everything needed to be done is ticked off and I have a clean start in the morning.

5.30pm - Final checks with the transport department and credit control, then lock up and head off home, another very busy day at Pulmans under my belt.

The evening could be singing rehearsal (did you guess this would be one of his hobbies), golf, or football!

15th December 2018

Christmas at Pulmans Steel has changed dramatically over the years

Chatting to David Shoesmith our current MD about Christmas over the years reminds him of times when his father was MD and the run up to Christmas was all about stocktaking.

In those days, Pulmans had no in-house processing services so stocktaking was simply a process of walking around with a clipboard and counting lengths of steel. David remembers joining his dad and the rest of the team in the build up to the festive season. Although a cold and laborious task, the thought of the Christmas period, surrounded by family and friends made for a great atmosphere.

The run up to Christmas 2018 at Pulmans still involves stocktaking but our in-house processing services including profiling, sawing and machining has made stocktaking a more complex proposition. These days we need to include lengths and off cuts but with our ERP system - analysis, logging and calculating stock has been made so much quicker and easier.

Today the pace of industry is much faster than in David’s dad day, and so in December we encourage customers to place their orders early. This ensures that deliveries can be made before Christmas or customers can have their material as soon as they return in the New Year.

We also filter in the joy of Northern England Weather! Santa may enjoy the snow but there are times we find it a challenge. Saying that even during last years ‘The Beast from the East” we delivered 100% of orders, evidence of our Great Yorkshire determination!

Hopefully by the 21st of December all orders will be dispatched, stock will be logged and we can gather together, eat mince pies and reflect on the last year. The 21st of December is our last working day and we re-open on the 2nd of January 2019.

From all the team we wish you a Christmas full of laughter and peace and a very Happy New Year.

1st August 2017

A Wide Range of Steel Machining Capabilities

Dah Lih machine

What’s new at Pulmans? Well we have expanded our steel processing capabilities yet again – this time to include a full range of steel machining services. Along with our existing facilities for steel profiling and sawing, we can now provide services in drilling, tapping, counter-sinking, notching, machining and milling.

The combination of our high definition profiling capabilities and this new Machining Centre allow us to deliver an increased level of complexity with steel profiles, precisely matching customer specified designs and requirements.

This is all made possible with our new Dah Lih Vertical Machining Centre – an elaborate piece of equipment designed for machining steel on a working surface measuring 1020mm by 510mm.

Using 24 different computer-controlled machining tools, our highly skilled operators can also use this versatile machine to cut holes and slots into bespoke lengths of our flat bar, angles, RHS, channels and more, providing they are within the machine’s capabilities.

With the addition of our Machining Centre, Pulmans is now a real one-stop-shop for all your steel needs. Whether you need off-the-shelf, sawn, profiled or machined steel products, we can process and deliver all the steel you need for your project – streamlining your procurement process and saving you valuable time.

17th July 2017

We've been made.... in Yorkshire!

Made in Yorkshire

Pulman Steel is proud to announce that we have now joined the ranks of Made in Yorkshire, a privately run peer group containing some of the most well respected manufacturing and engineering firms in Yorkshire.

The aim of Made in Yorkshire is to promote the prosperity of our region through networking, collaboration, exposure and community participation – something that we at Pulmans are thrilled to be a part of.

We take great pride in our long-standing Yorkshire roots, and we feel it benefits the region as a whole when other Yorkshire firms succeed. So if you’re ‘Yorkshire’ like we are, we hope you all join us in supporting Made in Yorkshire and its members to help our region remain forever vibrant and prosperous in both culture and economy.

4th July 2017

We can process up to 30 tonnes of bespoke steel orders each day!

steel cutting

We all know that steel is renowned for its incredible strength, but while this is great when it comes to finished products, it can make fabricating steel goods quite difficult. The only real effective way to cut steel is with specialised tools, so it will certainly make your steel construction project a lot easier if it’s accurately sawn or profiled to your specifications before you receive it.

If you’re familiar with our work at Pulmans, then you’ll know that we're known for being dependable and consistent when it comes to sawing and profiling steel to order. Our sawing and profiling machines are not only exceptionally accurate, but they also have the capacity to process enough steel to meet the demands of almost any project our customers embark on. Regardless of our impressive processing capacity, however, our team at Pulman Steel are always just as happy to meet the needs of customers with smaller steel projects, while offering the same great service our customers have come to expect from us.

If you're wondering just how much steel we're talking, our facilities now have the capacity to process up to 30 tonnes of bespoke cut steel each day on our sawing and profiling machines. That means with the combined strength of our state-of-the-art sawing and profiling equipment and our team of highly trained operators, we are always fully equipped and ready to process both large and small orders of bespoke cut steel to exact customer specifications.

When you put together our bespoke steel processing with our off-the-shelf steel, there’s a total of 12,000 tonnes (and counting) that gets shipped out to our customers every year. No matter which way you look at it, that's a lot of metal!

16th November 2016

Why choose Pulmans?

At Pulman Steel, we understand you have choices when it comes to your steel supplier, but not all steel stockists are created equal, and we can tell you why.


We have been in the steel business for a long time – 186 years to be exact, and that means our team has the
experience and the knowledge to not only offer an exceptional range of products, but it also means we are
always ready to answer your questions and offer advice on all of your steel-related concerns.

Helpful Team:

At Pulman Steel, we love what we do, and that much is clear when you work with us. Everyone in our team believes in what we do, and that translates into superior customer service and a willingness to go the extra mile for our customers. You will find our team easy, and even enjoyable to work with every step of the way – from ordering to delivery.

Cutting & Profiling Services:

Our cutting and profiling capabilities are some of the best in the business. Our state-of-the-art machines combined with our experienced technicians producing incredibly accurate results with a short turnaround. We have machines that are capable of cutting and profiling to a wide range of specifications, ensuring that you needn’t compromise on your requirements to suit our capabilities, so rest assured that we will provide what you need.

Comprehensive Stock:

If you’ve ever had a chance to see our warehouse, you’ll know what we mean when we say we have comprehensive stock. With products including bright steel, sectional steel, sheets, plates, engineering steel, general steel and much, much more, we have it all on-hand and ready to ship to you in a flash.

Speedy Delivery:

We have a brand new fleet of delivery vehicles distributing our products throughout the North of England with record speed. With the help of our extensive stock levels and our state-of-the-art machines, our new trucks are able to get your orders to you faster than ever before. So as you can see, there are lots of reasons to choose Pulman’s as your steel supplier, but if you need further convincing, then all you have to do is give us a ring and let us show you!