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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

13th January 2017

The History of Steel

Steel history

Steel has become the go-to material for countless applications in the modern world, making it hard to imagine what life would be without it. Let’s take a look at how we got from using stone, timber and raw metals to producing over 1.3 billion tonnes of steel each year. To do that, we need to start from the beginning.

It is not known who first discovered how to make iron out of steel, but the earliest evidence of steel was found in Turkey, and is estimated to be around 4000 years old.

Since then, the use of steel can be seen throughout history in a multitude of different cultures, primarily for military use. In some cases, these ancient cultures were able to produce exceptionally high quality steels, although we’re not entirely sure how they did it! One example is Wootz Steel, which was considered to have near-legendary properties of strength, hardness and flexibility, but to this day attempts to reproduce it have been unsuccessful.

Despite its very early beginnings, steel remained in the shadow of iron due to inefficient and costly production methods. The use of steel popped up around the world in a variety of different cultures, but wide spread production and use didn’t occur until the mid 19th century.

Heavy demands from the growing rail industry to produce a strong metal without the brittleness of iron inspired Henry Bessemer to find a more efficient method for producing steel. Thus, the aptly named Bessemer Process was created in 1856, sparking a tidal wave of steel production that has yet to cease.

From that point on, steel has continued to grow as new grades, uses and production methods were developed. The rapid success of industry titans such as Andrew Carnegie (and Pulman Steel of course), and the construction of unprecedentedly tall buildings such as the Empire State Building are a testament to the impact of mass steel production.

Fast forward to today, and steel can be seen everywhere you look. We now have over 3500 different grades of steel available, which are used for practically everything you can think of. As the backbone of our modern world, steel is certainly one of the biggest catalysts of human advancement that the world has ever seen.

So next time you receive a delivery from Pulman Steel, try to imagine what this world would be like without our magnificent metal friend!

31st January 2017

A Day in the Life of a Pulman's Driver

delivery news

If you’ve ever had an order delivered by Pulman Steel, you will know that our delivery service is exceptional. While our lightning-fast delivery times can be attributed to every member of our team, we thought you might like to take a glimpse into a typical day in the life of one of our best delivery drivers, John.

John is an early riser. He has to be. At 6 am while most of us are still warm in our beds, John helps more than 7 tonnes of steel is loaded onto his truck, ready to be hand delivered to 11 lucky customers.

John’s route for the day would be in the Wakefield area, and much to his pleasure, he would be making deliveries to some of his favourite customers.

Weighing a grand total of 7.3 tonnes, his load consisted of:

34 – Profiles – in 9 different sizes from 15mm, 20mm, 30mm and 80mm thick plate
5 – Durbar plates 2500 x 1250 x 3mm o/p
30 – Cut pieces of 150 x 90 channel
2 – RHS 50 x 50 x 3 x 7.6m
1 – 2000 x 1000 x 10 mm plate
4 – RHS 40 x 40 x 3 x 7.6m
28 - Cut pieces of 100 x 50 channel
2 – Bright M.S 30 mm square x 3.5m
3 – Cut pieces of RHS 70 x 70 x 5
10 – Cut pieces of 200mm dia black EN8
1 – Galvanised sheet 2500 x 1250 x 1mm
3 – Black flats 20 x 3 x 4m
20 – Profiles out of 20mm thick plate
8 – Cut pieces of CHS 42.4 x 3mm
2 – Channels 380 x 100 x 12.2m
1 – Bright M.S 30 mm dia x 3.5m
2 – Cut pieces of 25mm dia Black M.S
300 – Profiles for the fittings market – 55 different sizes out of 6mm, 10mm, 12.5mm, 15mm, 20m and 25mm thick plate.


We have installed GPS tracking systems in most of our vehicles, so we can show you a map of John’s actual route for the day, which he completed at an average speed of 23.9mph.

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In his shift spanning from 6am until 3pm, John spent a total of 5 hours and 116 miles driving a loop from our base in Sowerby Bridge, to the Pontefract area and back.

Throughout his shift, John delivered high quality, precision cut and profiled steel to a variety of different business types, which will go on to be used for all kinds of purposes in manufacturing, construction and more.

Our drivers don’t just dump your order on the doorstep and ask you to sign, we allow them enough time to make sure you are happy with your order, and to ensure that it is carefully stacked in a safe manner, right where you need it.

At Pulman’s, we take great pride in our delivery service. Not only do we ensure that all of our customers receive their goods on time, we also make sure we hire and train our drivers to offer the same great service that Pulman Steel has become known for.


Call us today to place an order for delivery. We guarantee, you won’t be disappointed.