Metals/Materials News

The metals/materials technology area has information on the most commonly used materials in metal fabrication ̶ carbon steels; stainless steels; high-strength, low-alloy steels (HSLAs); and the 6000 series aluminum ̶ and those that aren't as common, such as the red metals, refractory metals, titanium, and magnesium.

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Coil-coated metal chosen for soccer stadium

February 20, 2012

Coil-coated aluminum was chosen to clad the first world-class soccer stadium in the U.S.: Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The stadium is clad with about 60,800 sq. ft. of Alucobond® prepainted aluminum composite metal in four custom shades of blue and gray. The panels are installed...

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FMA announces 2012 Industry Award winners

February 10, 2012

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has named Airtronics Metal Products as the winner of The FABRICATOR®'s Industry Award 2012 and Chicago Tube & Iron as the winner of TPJ – The Tube & Pipe Journal®'s Industry Award 2012. "These awards recognize...

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Marcegaglia USA completes galvanized tube mill upgrade

February 10, 2012

Marcegaglia USA has completed a mill upgrade in its Munhall, Pa., facility for its galvanized tube and pipe products. The upgrade, which focused on improving the remetallizing process and the clear coat systems, is expected to provide enhanced corrosion resistance for applications including...

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ThyssenKrupp and Outokumpu to combine stainless steel businesses

February 2, 2012

ThyssenKrupp, Essen, Germany, and Outokumpu have announced the combination of Outokumpu with Inoxum, the stainless steel unit of ThyssenKrupp, to create a new, global stainless steel company. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2012. Outokumpu is a provider of austenitic and...

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Heidtman Steel completes pickling line upgrade

February 2, 2012

Heidtman Steel, a processor of flat-rolled carbon steel, has installed a Bradbury leveler in its Cleveland pickling line. While the overall capacity of the pickling line is broader, the hydraulic leveler accommodates thicknesses from 0.075 to 0.250 in. up to 65 KSI and widths from 24 to 72 in. The...

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Reliance Steel to acquire McKey Perforating Co.

February 1, 2012

Reliance Steel & Aluminum has announced that a subsidiary is acquiring McKey Perforating Co. Inc., a metal perforating and fabricating company in Berlin, Wis. The deal includes a McKey subsidiary in Manchester, Tenn. Terms were not disclosed. Reliance said McKey had sales of about $18 million...

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HRB prices on an uptrend

January 26, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Western European HRB price for January 23 rose 2.6 percent to $662 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 1.2 percent), ex-works, for the second consecutive rise. The World export HRB price rose 2.2 percent to $643 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the fourth...

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Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals moves corporate headquarters

January 24, 2012

Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals Inc., a manufacturer of strip, foil, and wire products, has announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters to a new facility in North Haven, Conn. The company's former location sustained severe damage in Hurricane Irene. The new, energy-efficient...

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Scott Stainless Steel moves to larger facility

January 19, 2012

Scott Stainless Steel Inc. has moved to a facility in Northbrook, Ill., doubling its space and providing room for expansion. The company distributes flat-rolled stainless steel, coil, and sheet. It stocks Types 304, 304L, 316L, 430, 409, and 201 in all standard finishes in thicknesses from 10 to...

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Plymouth Tube announces changes to leadership team

January 19, 2012

Plymouth Tube, Warrenville, Ill., has named David Barnes to the newly created role of chief operating officer (COO). He has served as vice president of finance and administration since 2006. Before joining the company, he worked in the metals industry for 30 years in positions including finance and...

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O'Neal Industries acquires Iowa Laser Technology

January 16, 2012

O’Neal Industries, a family-owned metals service center in Birmingham, Ala., has announced the acquisition of Iowa Laser Technology Inc., a manufacturer of fabricated metal assemblies and components in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Joe Barber, president of Iowa Laser, continues to oversee the company's...

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HRB prices consolidate gains

January 11, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ U.S. spot HRB price for January 9 rose 3.6 percent to $802 per ton, FOB the mill, for the fourth consecutive increase. The World export HRB price rose 1.6 percent to $629 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the third consecutive time. The Western European HRB...

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Greer upgrades four rolling mills

January 10, 2012

Greer Steel, Dover, Ohio, a producer of cold-rolled steel strip to customer specifications, has completed significant upgrades on its 30-, 22-, and 18-in. rolling mills and its wire mill. The most significant upgrades were to the 30-in. rolling mill, including the following structural and...

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Mid-West Materials completes expansion with massive stretch leveling system - TheFabricator.com

Mid-West Materials completes expansion with massive stretch leveling system

January 9, 2012

In a ceremony marking the final phase of a multiyear, multimillion-dollar expansion, Mid-West Materials Inc. unveiled North America's largest Leveltek stretch leveling system. This addition to the company's 240,000-sq.-ft. facility, which includes cut-to-length lines, levelers, slitters, and...

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Marmon/Keystone promotes president, vice president

January 9, 2012

Marmon/Keystone, a wholesale distributor of tubular products in Butler, Pa., has announced the promotion of two executives. J.T. "Tim" Spatafore, former executive vice president of branch operations, has been named president of Marmon/Keystone LLC. He joined the company in 1973 and has served as a...

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