“At Crompion International, we play a role in the development of our customers' products and performance.”

We are metal engineers, mechanical engineers, and industrial 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, industrial products and 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 materials and industrial products, services to enhance the performance of our 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

“Our vision is to be a progressive leader of state-of-the-art technologies and materials to advance the global industries 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.


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.


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.

Mr. George Schaffer grew up surrounded by business leaders in his family,  soaking up knowledge about farming, sugar manufacturing, project management, steel fabrication, and working with others. He looked up to his grandfather who worked honestly and hard, from humble beginnings to eventually become a multi-business owner including a gold trading operation and a general goods store supplied by a team of mules that he would drive along mountain trails. He learned a lot about people from his grandfather, who was a town mayor for nearly 20 years and informally the town counselor for many more. His uncles were great mentors as they were all good humanitarians, professionals, and leaders.

His father, a WWII veteran, multinational engineer, and product of the Great Depression introduced his son at a young age to many aspects of life and exposed him to many life skills and lessons. After studying at Louisiana State University on the GI Bill, Mr. Schaffer’s father, Col. Francis C. Schaffer became renowned for his work in the sugar industry and his involvement with designing, project managing, and consulting for sugar mills in over 40 countries. Through hard work and the collective vision and effort of his team of co-workers, Schaffer, and associates were instrumental in the development of the sugar industry and resulting growth opportunities in Florida, Texas, Panama, Belize, the Ivory Coast, the Sudan, and many other countries in Africa and Latin America.   The legacy of serving the sugar industry is what the younger Mr. Schaffer has strived to continue.

One of the most important exposures that laid a foundation for Mr. Schaffer’s future skills was the development of the Kenana Sugar factory, one of the world’s largest integrated sugar factories, in Africa during the 1970s and early 1980s. As a child, he observed the process from construction to the start-up of the sugar factory. Mr. Schaffer lived with his family on-site in the Sudanese desert where his father’s firm was responsible for project design and management. The project created a community of over 100,000 people that was once only a small village out in the desert and overcame challenges such as transportation, water, education, healthcare, food supplies, housing, electricity, and more. What many claimed was “impossible,” Mr. Schaffer witnessed firsthand, was made possible by determination and teamwork.

Mr. Schaffer started in business independently at the age of 28 and has strived to operate his business ventures in an honorable and forthright manner, always trying to stay real and connected to the front lines while upholding respect and care for people’s well-being. Mr. Schaffer is very involved with his family, various charities, and conservation causes, including the Jacinto Bird and Rainforest Reserve in Belize. His hobbies revolve around farming, appreciating nature, and spending time with his wife and kids.

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.


George M. Schaffer