Our History


Columbia Specialty Metals, LLC was formed in 2004 when Kent Picknell and Gary Autrey purchased the shot equipment from Columbia Metals Company and relocated it from Cleveland, OH to Hawesville, KY.

Our state of the art plant is located next to Century Aluminum and is the only high purity smelter like it in North America.


Columbia Specialty Metals' modern equipment allows us to provide our customers with the highest purity aluminum available at unmatched value.

CSM’s facility has been optimally designed to produce the finest aluminum shot, exhibiting consistent size, shape and chemistry. (99.9% and 99.99% pure) This in turn, enables our customers to offer their highest quality product.

We met our customer’s growing needs in 2011 with the addition of a second reverb furnace and automated storage system. The update increased our production capacity by 50%.



Our goal is to consistently meet our customers’ product demands and to exceed their service expectations.