why steel mills havea min order request?

Both service centers and larger fabricators have a need to handle huge quantities of steel. It’s a part of their
business and part of the added value each provides to their clients. They have invested in storage facilities,
material handling equipment, and the machinery to efficiently manage and process the material that flows
through their facilities.
Many fabricators, however, have not chosen to make the capital investment in this kind of equipment. For
these smaller fabricators, service centers act as a virtual extension of their facility, delivering material when
needed, pre-processed as required. Service centers provide fabricators access to large inventories of
structural steel without the need for stocking it themselves. Service centers also reduce the costs associated
with carrying inventory and material handling.