Federal Steel Supply was founded by three aspiring pipe salesmen who had a vision to service industrial markets with “hard to find” heavy wall pipe sizes coupled with extra value services not commonly provided in the industry. Hence, Dan Smith, Brian Shinkle and Vern Smith founded Federal Steel Supply in 1979. At the time, their primary focus was on the power generation industry, as coal fired power plants were the mainstay in the energy market.


Through the years, and as our market expertise grew, we shifted more of our selling efforts to include the Oil & Gas industry, Pipe Fabricators, Ship Builders and OEM’s. As a result, our inventory grew to include more sizes and specifications to handle our ever-changing customer’s needs.


It is the Mission of Federal Steel Supply to be a valuable partner with our customers, vendors and employees. We believe honest communication, expertise in our industry and prompt execution lead to strong, long-lasting relationships.


We are committed to provide a safe, healthy working environment, enabling our team to develop long-term, mutually beneficial business relationships.


Since our inception, we have been committed to a business philosophy termed “Total Quality Partnering”. This commitment requires continuous interaction between the client and all key personnel involved in the execution and completion of every order.


From initial inquiry, through purchase order completion, we diligently document and communicate every detail on every job, every time!

Company Timeline

  • 1979

    Established in St. Louis, Missouri

    Federal Steel Supply established as a new Carbon and Chrome Steel Pipe vendor in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • 1989

    New Pipe Yard in Chesterfield, Missouri

    Built a new pipe yard in Chesterfield, Missouri to service our customer base in the Midwest region.

  • 1994

    Expanded to Houston, Texas

    Houston yard was created and the majority of our storage and pipe processing remains there.

  • 2012

    Pipe Yard Moved to Larger Location in Houston, Texas

    Moved our Houston yard to Miller Road #2 and expanded our acreage, storage and processing capacity.

  • 2021

    Acquired Process Piping Materials

    Completed the acquisition of Process Piping Materials, a total hookup company supplying pipe, valves, fittings and flanges in three primary locations:

    1. Corporate Headquarters in Broussard, Louisiana, serving the Gulf Coast
    2. Permian Basin out of Hobbs, New Mexico
    3. Eagle Ford basin out of George West, Texas

    Please visit their website at processpipingmaterials.com

  • 2022

    Opened New Warehouse in Chesterfield, Missouri

    Expansion of our Chesterfield warehouse, servicing our local customer base with pipe, fittings and flanges.