Columbia Steel Privacy Policy

Effective Date: December 5, 2011

1. Our commitment to your privacy

This site is owned and operated by Columbia Steel Casting Co., Inc. (“Columbia Steel”). Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us, and we want to make your experience when using our site satisfying and safe.

Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand our policy and the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This Privacy Policy discloses what information we gather and how we use it. This Privacy Policy applies to the information collected through your use of this site (and the Columbia Steel Point of View News Blog located at, which blog is included in all references to “this Site” in this Privacy Policy) and to information collected through offline contacts you may have with Columbia Steel.

2. Your consent; Modifications to this Privacy Policy

By using this site or otherwise providing information to Columbia Steel, you consent to the collection and use of your Personal Information (defined below) and Anonymous Information (defined below) by Columbia Steel in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to any term in this Privacy Policy, please do not use this site or otherwise provide information to Columbia Steel.

We reserve the right to change our Privacy Policy at our discretion. If we change our Privacy Policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it. We encourage you to visit this area frequently to stay informed. If changes are significant, Columbia Steel will also notify you of such changes to this Privacy Policy via the contact information you have provided to Columbia Steel, if any. Changes to this Privacy Policy will apply immediately after the date on which we post the revised Privacy Policy to this site. Each version of the Privacy Policy will be identified at the top of the page by its effective date, and we will keep prior versions of the Privacy Policy in an archive for your review. You agree that your continued access and use of this site or other provision of information to Columbia Steel shall bind you to any new Privacy Policy posted here.

3. About the information we gather and track

Columbia Steel gathers two types of information about the users of this site:

a. Personal Information. Personally-identifiable information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions: This includes information such as your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, fax number, and details regarding your entity and products that you sell (“Personal Information”). These voluntary submissions will allow you to receive our electronic product updates, to receive printed brochures, to forward an electronic product update to a friend, to request information regarding becoming an agent to sell our products, to post comments on our P.O.V. Blog, to request information regarding employment, to communicate with us via e-mail, and to engage in other activities that we disclose to you when we ask for your Personal Information; and

b. Anonymous Information. Anonymous information we receive from your use of the site (“Anonymous Information”): Anonymous Information includes information gathered through aggregated site user tracking derived mainly by tallying page views throughout our site. We may also automatically collect and store the following types of Anonymous Information: The name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet and the Internet protocol address of your computer, information about the browser type and operating system you use, information about the date and time you access the site, the site you visited just prior to visiting our site, page response times, download errors, and other similar information.

To help make the site more responsive to the needs of our visitors, we may also use a standard feature found in browser software called a “cookie” to assign each visitor a unique, random number, a sort of anonymous user ID that resides in your computer. The cookie does not identify the Personal Information of the visitor; rather, it identifies the computer that a visitor uses to access the site. A cookie cannot read data off of your hard drive. The cookie may store site statistics, user preferences, information about your browser, and other identifying information. Most browsers automatically accept the cookies, but you can disable the acceptance of cookies at any time by changing the preferences in your browser, or you can have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie. Certain site pages and features may not function properly if you choose to disable the acceptance of cookies.

4. How we use your information

a. Personal Information

Except as expressly set forth in this Privacy Policy, Columbia Steel will not divulge any Personal Information about an individual user to a third party.

When you supply us with your Personal Information, we will use it for the express purpose stated when we ask for such Personal Information. In addition to other services described in Section 3(a) above, we offer the following free services, which require some type of voluntary submission of Personal Information by users:

(i) Electronic product updates and printed material requests policy — We offer free electronic product updates and printed brochures to users. Columbia Steel gathers the email address of users who voluntarily subscribe to our product updates. Users may remove themselves from this mailing list by following the link provided in every electronic update that points users to the subscription management page.

(ii) “Forward this email” policy — Our site users can choose to electronically forward our product updates to third parties by clicking “e-mail this to a friend.” The user must provide their email address, as well as that of the recipient. This information is used only to send the e-mail to the recipient, to contact you in the case of transmission errors and, of course, to let the recipient know who sent the email. The information is not used for any other purpose.

In order to participate in the services described in Sections 3 and 4, you will be asked to provide Personal Information, both through this site and through offline contacts we may have with you. You are never under any obligation to provide such Personal Information. If you do not, however, you may not be able to engage in certain aspects of our site and our services. When you do provide us your Personal Information, you are authorizing us to store that Personal Information and to use it in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy.

b. Anonymous Information

We collect Anonymous Information in an effort to ensure that our site will appear and function appropriately on your computer, to help us improve our site and our products, and so we may determine which website referred you to the site. Your Internet protocol address is used to help identify you. At times, we may retain third parties to analyze Anonymous Information we collect to help us improve our site and products and services by, for example, learning details regarding the number of visitors to our site and what pages of the site visitors frequent most.

c. Personal Information and Anonymous Information

Columbia Steel reserves the right to and will release your Personal Information and/or Anonymous Information, without your consent and without notice to you, if we believe the release is appropriate to comply with the law or a search warrant, subpoena, or court order; when Columbia Steel believes disclosure is necessary to protect, establish, or exercise Columbia Steel’s legal rights or defend against legal claims, including without limitation to enforce this Privacy Policy or our website Terms of Use and to investigate a violation of the same; when Columbia Steel believes disclosure is necessary to protect our other customers or our employees, property, or business; and to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, and situations involving threats or potential threats to the safety of any person.

We may transfer your Personal Information and Anonymous Information if Columbia Steel is acquired by or merged with another company. Columbia Steel will notify you before your Personal Information and Anonymous Information is transferred as a result of such an acquisition or merger and becomes subject to a different privacy policy in accordance with Section 2 above.

6. Security

Columbia Steel operates data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems to protect against the loss, misuse, alteration, or unauthorized access of Personal Information we collect from you. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary, and only authorized individuals have access to the Personal Information and Anonymous Information provided by our customers and site users.

7. Opt-out policy

We give users options to not provide Personal Information to Columbia Steel or to opt-out of receiving communications from Columbia Steel wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include opting not to register to receive our electronic product updates, or opting out at a later date. At any time, you can review or change your Personal Information, have Columbia Steel remove your account from our database, or opt-out of receiving further communications from Columbia Steel, by contacting us either via the “contact us” mechanism at the bottom of this page, or via e-mail, phone, fax, or address, as set forth below. Please note that if you request that your account be deleted from our database or request that you no longer receive communications from us, you may receive an automatic e-mail from Columbia Steel resulting from your request. If you request that your account be deleted from our database or if you request that your Personal Information be changed, we may maintain your existing Personal Information and information about your activities and transactions on and through the site for the purpose of recordkeeping and servicing, and to comply with our retention policy described below.

Columbia Steel Casting Co., Inc., P.O. Box 83095,
Portland, OR 97283-0095, U.S.A.
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503-286-0685
Toll free: 1-800-547-9471 (United States and Canada only)
Fax: 503-286-1743

8. Retention and Storage

We may retain your Personal Information and Anonymous Information in our databases in accordance with any existing document retention policies and applicable laws and regulations.

9. Legal Disclaimer

We cannot guarantee that your Personal Information will never be compromised. No transmission of data over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Further, while we employ reasonable measures to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee or warrant that unauthorized third parties will not defeat those measures or use non-public Personal Information for improper purposes. Nevertheless, we value your business and have adopted this Privacy Policy and undertaken the described security measures as an endeavor to respect your privacy and to keep your Personal Information confidential.

10. Severability

The provisions of this Privacy Policy are independent of each other, and the invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Privacy Policy shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision, and such invalid or unenforceable provision shall be deemed to be removed from this Privacy Policy.

For questions about this site or this Privacy Policy, please contact us.