UNITED STATES
                             Washington, D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):
                                 January 1, 2006

                          RELIANCE STEEL & ALUMINUM CO.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

        California                   001-13122                   95-1142616
(State or other jurisdiction        (Commission              (I.R.S. Employer
     of incorporation)              File Number)          Identification Number)

                          350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 5100
                              Los Angeles, CA 90071
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

                                 (213) 687-7700
              (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
                                 Not applicable.
          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 5.02(d)    Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of
                Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers.

     On October 18, 2005, the Board of Directors of Reliance Steel & Aluminum
Co. increased the number of authorized directors from 8 to 9 and elected Richard
J. Slater to be a director of Reliance effective January 1, 2006, subject to
receipt of his written consent to serve as a director. Mr. Slater subsequently
consented. Mr. Slater is the President and a director of Orbis LLC and is an
Advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jacobs Engineering Group,
Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed company that provides global technical
professional services. Mr. Slater joined Jacobs Engineering in 1998 as Executive
Vice President and then in January 2004 was asked to serve as Advisor to the
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Slater is also a director of GSE,
Avignon, France, a privately-held construction company; a trustee of Claremont
Graduate University; and the Non-Executive Chairman of Bluebeana, a
privately-held software start-up company. There is no arrangement or
understanding between Mr. Slater and any other persons pursuant to which he was
selected as a director. The Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board of
Directors of Reliance began to search for candidates to be directors of Reliance
when Robert Henigson, a previous director of Reliance, informed the Board of
Directors that he was retiring and would not stand for re-election at the May
2005 Annual Shareholders Meeting. With the assistance of an executive search
firm and, after reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates, the Nominating
and Governance Committee recommended Mr. Slater, and the Board of Directors
elected him to serve as a director for a term beginning January 1, 2006 and
continuing until the Reliance Annual Meeting of Shareholders in May 2007. Mr.
Slater has not been appointed to any committee of the Board of Directors, and
the Board of Directors does not expect to do so in the immediate future.
Reliance has not engaged in any transaction with Mr. Slater or with any company
that he controls. After reviewing Mr. Slater's background and the information
provided to the Nominating and Governance Committee, the Board concluded that
Mr. Slater is independent under New York Stock Exchange Rules.

Item 9.01       Financial Statements and Exhibits.

          (a)   Financial Statements of Businesses Acquired.


          (b)   Pro Forma Financial Information.


          (c)   Exhibits.

                99.1           Press release dated January 5, 2006



     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended, the Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf
by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                                 RELIANCE STEEL & ALUMINUM CO.

Dated: January 5, 2006                           By:  /s/ David H. Hannah       
                                                       David H. Hannah
                                                       Chief Executive Officer


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                99.1           Press release dated January 5, 2006