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Steel Drum Manufacturers and Suppliers

IQS Directory implements a thorough list of steel drum manufacturers and suppliers. Utilize our listing to examine and sort top steel drum manufacturers with previews of ads and detailed descriptions of each product. Any steel drum company can design, engineer, and manufacture steel drums to meet your companies specific qualifications. An easy connection to reach steel drum companies through our fast request for quote form is provided on our website. The company information includes website links, company profile, locations, phone, product videos and product information. Customer reviews are available and product specific news articles. This source is right for you whether it's for a manufacturer of stainless steel drums, 55 gallon steel drums, and used stainless steel drums.

  • Cranbury, NJ 800-260-3786

    For over 60 years, Rahway Steel Drum has been one of the largest industrial drum suppliers & distributors of steel drums, plastic drums & fibre drums. With a complete selection of drums in stock, we also provide open head drums, closed head drums & 55 gallon storage barrels. Our free packaging consultation, large supply and same day delivery capabilities allow timely delivery at the right price.

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  • Venice, IL 800-366-5098

    We have in stock a variety of steel drums in a range of sizes. Our steel drums come with the option of open or closed head as well as painted in black or red. Call us today, our staff will answer any questions that concerning the selection of the best container for your needs.

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  • Santa Fe Springs, CA 562-941-7700

    When you choose Rios Containers to find a 55 gallon drum that suits your needs, you choose quality in both product and customer service. Our drums are available in a variety of designs, and in fiber, metal, and poly materials. Additional products include lids and other coordinating closures. Our team will work with you to make sure you select the drum that fulfills your strictest requirements. Contact us today to learn more! [keyword] in [city], [state], [country].

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  • Chicago, IL 800-760-3786

    As the largest nationwide dealer of new & reconditioned drums, Jakacki Bag & Barrel is a supplier of reconditioned plastic drums, fiber drums and steel drums. Since 1924 we have sold new drums of all types and sizes. We emphasize high quality customer service and are dedicated to reconditioning of drums. In addition, Jakacki Bag & Barrel offers an environmentally friendly drum disposal service.

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  • University Park, IL 800-776-3786

    Our high quality steel drums are solid investments. They are easy to handle, compliant with industry specifications, and are available in a variety of colors. Our 55-gallon drums come with the best customer service and we guarantee our products will last. Please visit our website or contact us to learn more information!

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  • Secaucus, NJ 800-526-3786

    Your 24/7 one source solution for all your industrial container needs. We are stocking distributors of 1 through 550 gallon containers. UN Approved Packaging, including Plastic Drums, Steel Drums, Plastic Pails & Buckets, Stainless Steel & Plastic Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC’s), Lined Steel Cans & more. N.P.S. is unmatched in customer service; all items are in stock for on time deliveries.

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  • Avenel, NJ 732-636-6700

    Champion Container is a large-scale distributor of steel drums, 55 gallon steel drums, 55 gallon plastic drums, plastic drums and fiber drums. Our three locations in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania allow us to provide you with prompt delivery, competitive prices and unrivaled service.

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businessIndustry Information

Steel Drums

Steel drums are a type of industrial drum, or barrel, named after the material with which they are made. Specifically, a steel drum may be made either from stainless steel, which is alloyed with chromium, or regular carbon steel. Steel drums, also known as 55-gallon drums are used both for transportation and storage, though, most often, they are used for the former. They are utilized by a wide range of industries, for which they transport and store a variety of liquids, solids, gases and powders.

As mentioned, stainless steel is a type of steel alloyed with chromium. Generally, it is between 10.5 and 11% chromium, giving it increased levels of corrosion resistance, rust resistance and stain resistance. Armed with these qualities, stainless steel drums are popular with applications that require high levels of corrosion resistance and the ability to be easily sanitized. They are, for example, particularly useful in the storage and transportation of materials like FDA-approved materials, chemicals, petroleum products and hazardous waste. In addition, they are well-suited for use with materials and products used in the architecture, food and beverage and industrial manufacturing industries. 

Carbon steel is also frequently called “plain steel,” just “steel,” because it is the standard type of steel used for industrial purposes. It is an iron alloy, primarily joined with carbon. It shares many of the characteristics of stainless steel, but to a lesser degree. It is best applied to the storage and shipment of medical materials, hazardous chemicals, petroleum and substances gleaned from wastewater treatment. To increase tensile its tensile strength, steel often undergoes a procedure called cold-rolling before fabrication. During this process, steel is rolled upon at room temperature, rather than at a high heat, allow it to harden without any changes to its crystalline structure. Steel that has been cold-hardened is known as cold rolled steel. A steel drum made from cold rolled steel is, in addition to all the aforementioned applications, suitable for use in both the defense and mining industries.

Regardless of the steel type, steel drums are fabricated via the continuous metal forming process known as roll forming and through welding. During roll forming, metal sheets are rolled into ring shapes by the force exerted by roller die pairs placed above and below them. As the sheets are fed through the roll forming machine, the rollers bend them along their linear axis. After the sheets have been rolled into ring shapes, a base is welded onto one or both ends of the body, depending on the drum’s intended configuration. Next, to provide reinforcement, steel rings are welded around the drum at its base, a quarter of the way from the bottom and a quarter of a way from the top.

Aside from being fabricated using the same general procedure, steel drums can vary according to the requirements and standards of the applications they serve. For example, steel drums intended for use in defense must meet the standards put forth by Mil Spec, or military specifications. Likewise, drums and materials inside drums crossing international borders must meet United Nations (UN) regulation standards. Also, most steel drums used in industrial manufacturing must meet not only UN regulation standards, but the US Department of Transportation (DOT) regulation standards as well. DOT breaks substances down into nine different divisions, each with subclassifications of their own; drums containing any of these must be clearly adorned with labels reflecting the classification of their contents. The nine main divisions established by DOT are as follows: Class 1: Explosives, Class 2: Gases, Class 3: Flammable Liquid/Combustible Liquid, Class 4: Solids, Class 5: Oxidizers and Peroxides, Class 6: Toxic and Infectious, Class 7: Radioactive, Class 8: Corrosive and Class 9: Miscellaneous. In addition, users of steel drums must make sure that their drums and the content of their drums match all standards set out by local, state, national authorities, as well as the industry within which they work. To make sure they are taking all the necessary steps to make sure their drums are compliant and well-matched to their application, users are advised to consult with an expert.

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Open & Closed Head Steel Drums
Open & Closed Head Steel Drums
Open & Closed Head Steel Drums – Rahway Steel Drum Company, Inc.
Open & Closed Head Steel Drums – Rahway Steel Drum Company, Inc.