“At Crompion International, we play a key role in the development of our customers' offerings.”

We are metal engineers, mechanical engineers, and specialists working to provide solutions to the transportation, material handling, mining, agro-industrial, and process industries.

We are based in Louisiana, globally operational, providing specialty steels, engineering and industrial products consulting services to a broad range of industries. Through patented technologies and in-house specialists, we have established ourselves as an innovative force that helps evolve the sectors we serve.

Our Mission

Develop and provide specialty stainless steels and specialty industrial products that enhance the performance of our global customers.

Our Promise

Crompion International helps customers identify how specialized stainless steel and its industrial products can improve the reliability, efficiency, and profitability of operations. We promise to provide our customers with technical solutions, expertise, and the utmost in service and support to help grow your business.

Our Vision Statement

“To be a progressive leader of state-of-the-art technologies and materials to advance the global industries and communities we serve.”

Our Culture

Crompion International’s company leaders have created a unique internal culture and we are at our best when challenged with developing customized solutions for our clients. Our innovative thinking, R&D leadership, and passion for customer success set us apart from our competitors. Crompion International works with its customers to find the most effective combination of products and services to meet their operational needs and achieve their strategic goals.

Our Values

Crompion International attracts, develops, and retains the best quality team for our business, challenging our people, demonstrating a “can-do” attitude, and fostering a collaborative and mutually supportive environment. We promote the development of an internal culture committed to providing customers with a platform of innovative solutions offerings.

Client Value Creation

Crompion International supports clients in achieving high-performance by being responsive, relevant, and consistently delivering high value.

Single Global Network

Crompion International is committed to leveraging the power of global insight, relationships, collaboration and learning to deliver exceptional service to clients and build their comparative advantage wherever they do business.

Integrity

Crompion International is committed to honesty and being ethically unyielding. We inspire trust by saying what we mean, matching our behaviors to our words and taking responsibility for our actions.

Reliability

Crompion International’s promise is to deliver premium level quality to our customers. Our customers can be confident that we will deliver them the best products, services and solutions to optimize their business.

Our History

Crompion International began in 2000 as American Utility Metals—a distributor of a single grade of specialty stainless steel.

Mr. Schaffer began supporting specialty stainless steel for the sugar industry, then through its inherent structural strength properties, grew into the bus frame and other transportation-related industries.  In 2012, the company initiated a major transformation in order to support its customers with a wider variety of premium products and services tailored to meet our customers’ needs.

We back our high-quality products with unsurpassed in-house experience and knowledge.  From our technical engineers and industry specialists who work one-on-one with customers to develop solutions tailored to specific applications, to our service and sales team, we have the resources to ensure world-class delivery of goods and services.

We are committed to ensuring that inventory is in stock, services are performed to exact specifications and orders arrive on time. Crompion’s strong and effective processes allow us to deliver on our promises and consistently satisfy our customers.

An LSU graduate, Mr. Schaffer started building his experience early on, working with his father and gaining knowledge and skill in the sugar, steel fabrication and engineering industries. He later worked on projects in farming, financing, agro-industrial consulting, engineering and project management support in countries around the world. In 1997, he went into business on his own in engineering, farming, and specialty stainless steel sales. In 2000, he founded a partnership to start American Utility Metals. The company evolved into one of the world leaders in specialty stainless steel solutions and was renamed Crompion International in 2012 to cover an array of diversification efforts. As Crompion International’s president, Mr. Schaffer is involved in the company’s financial, operational, and marketing endeavors as well as sales for U.S., Latin American, and Caribbean sugar industries. Mr. Schaffer is fluent in Spanish and maintains sugar and agricultural interests in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Schaffer is a member of the World Trade Center, American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, and is active in the Baton Rouge community having served as a board member of various community organizations.  Mr. Schaffer is married and the father of two children.

George Schaffer grew up surrounded by business leaders, while soaking up farming, business and trading experience from his family. His grandfather worked hard eventually becoming a multi-business owner including a gold trading operation, dry goods stores, hotels and more, as well as a town mayor for nearly 20 years. One of Schaffer’s uncles was the vice president of Honduras and is a successful engineering and construction firm owner. His most valuable lessons came from both his grandfather and father, a decorated air force colonel and multinational engineer and businessman, F.C. Schaffer. In fact, the elder Schaffer made it a point to expose his son-even at a young age-to all aspects of his businesses from the design and project management of sugar factories to his steel fabrication business (SS&S Fabricators), as well as sugarcane farms worldwide. Renowned in the sugar industry and related agriculture business sectors, George’s father Colonel Francis C. Schaffer was known for his work with the Audubon Sugar Institute, where he worked alongside LSU professors, developed innovative patents, and launched a successful technology transfer company.

One of the most important exposures that laid a foundation for George’s future business skills was the development of Kenana Sugar one of the world’s largest integrated sugar factories. George lived with his family on-site at the 95,000-acre sugar estate in the Sudanese desert where his father was project design and management engineer. George watched the development, planning, construction, and start-up of the sugar factory and estate, which at one time included thousands of skilled and unskilled laborers of many nationalities and beliefs. The site created a community of over 100,000 people where there was once only a small village in the desert and faced the challenges of most cities such as transportation, education, healthcare, food supplies, housing, electricity, and more. What many claimed was “impossible,” George witnessed firsthand, made possible by will power and team management.

The core business skills George Schaffer learned were balanced by the life skills taught by his father, grandfather, and many other honest, intelligent men, as well as a strong caring mother and grandmother. He also learned about operating business ventures in the most forthright manner possible, and protecting people’s rights while also respecting and caring for the less privileged.

Today, Mr. Schaffer owns several businesses including Crompion International and Schaffer Sugar Services. He also has farming and agriculture interests in areas from South Louisiana to the Caribbean basin. His business travels and meetings span from North America to South America, Europe, and Africa, and he has experience working or trading with over 20 countries.

Message From Our President

For many years our company has supplied and distributed high-performance stainless steel to a broad range of industries. During this time,  we have assisted our customers in engineering better products and bringing new steel technologies to market.

We’ve evolved into a company that goes beyond material solutions to bringing new technologies and solutions to the industries we serve.

At Crompion International, our innovative thinking, R&D leadership, and passion to customer and community well-being set us apart from our competitors.

If you have any question or concern that you would like to bring to my attention, please feel free to contact me.

We look forward to serving our customers and industries with exciting innovations and high standards in customer care and values.

Sincerely,

George M. Schaffer