James King is the Assistant Operations Manager in Houston.
James’ career entails military experience as a Sargent where he served from 1995-2003 and an introduction into the steel business by way of a competitor for nearly 10 years. His career started with one of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Family of Companies subsidiary, Metals Supply, as a 2nd shift crane operator in 2012. In 2013, he took over the receiving role and in 2014 became a Delta employee after Delta Steel acquired Metals Supply Co. James was then promoted to the 1st shift supervisor at the Houston location.
In 2015, James responded to an opportunity back in the office for Traffic Manager. As many can attest, the traffic office essentially touches everything going in and out of the warehouse, and needless to say it’s a busy environment.
James continued his journey with Delta Steel and became the Safety Manager in 2015. His primary focus was clearly in safety where he would conduct near miss training, toolbox talks, monthly OSHA trainings, job safety analysis, and new hire training. James has been certified in several of the OSHA programs including the 10 and 30 hour certifications and Train-the-Trainer crane certification. Additionally, James used his previous experience in operations to handle quality control issues, inventory adjustments, billing and even mill claims.
As a well versed employee with a very diverse skill set, James decided to go after yet another role. He became the Assistant Operations Manager in 2021. James plays a critical role in inventory verification, receiving and processing. He also manages many of the consumables such as saw blades, coolant, PPE, lumber and other miscellaneous products needed for warehouse operations. James enjoys the personal relationships he’s built with the guys in the shop and notes it’s one of the benefits of his role.
“I like the interaction both personal and professional with the people I work with. I want people to feel comfortable around me and be able to approach me with anything.”
Looking to the future James envisions taking on more responsibility and maybe one day becoming an operations manager of one of the facilities.
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” – Walt Disney
James enjoys family time, baseball (little league) with his son and saltwater fishing for redfish.
Congratulations James! We are proud to have you on our team!