Earle M. Jorgensen Co. (Houston, Tex.), a metal products distributor, will open a new machining center in Houston. The facility should be fully operational in September 2005. Jorgensen inventories more than 25,000 different bar, tubing, plate and various other metal products, specializing in cold finished carbon and alloy bars, mechanical tubing, stainless bars and shapes, aluminum bars, shapes and tubes, and hot-rolled carbon and alloy bars.