Metals/Materials

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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Lock Joint Tube to expand in Indiana

April 13, 2012

Lock Joint Tube has announced plans to expand its Walnut Street facility in South Bend, Ind. The $8 million expansion is expected to create up to 11 new jobs....

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HRB prices rise slightly in China, trend downward elsewhere

April 11, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for April 9 increased 0.2 percent to $583 per ton for the sixth consecutive increase. The U.S. spot HRB price decreased 0.5 percent to $759 per metric ton, FOB the mill, after three consecutive rises and unchanged two weeks ago. The...

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Steel Technologies to expand operations in Mexico

April 5, 2012

Steel Technologies LLC, Louisville, Ky., has secured land in the municipality of Celaya, Mexico, to construct a flat-rolled steel processing operation. The 125,000-sq.-ft. facility will be equipped with two slitting lines as well as space for additional equipment under consideration. The facility...

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Reliance Steel acquires National Specialty Alloys LLC

April 5, 2012

Reliance Steel & Aluminum has announced that it has acquired all the outstanding limited liability company interests of National Specialty Alloys LLC, a global specialty alloy processor and distributor of premium stainless steel and nickel alloy bars and shapes, headquartered in Houston, Texas....

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Shale-Inland completes acquisition of HD Supply's IPVF business

April 2, 2012

Shale-Inland Holdings LLC, Chicago, has announced the completion of its acquisition of HD Supply Inc.'s industrial pipe, valves, and fittings (IPVF) business. IPVF comprises several businesses, including Southwest Stainless and Alloy, J&J Alloys, Sunbelt Supply Co., and Metals Inc.,...

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Powdermet receives 2012 NorTech Innovation Award

March 28, 2012

Powdermet Inc., Euclid, Ohio, has won a 2012 NorTech Innovation Award for its MComP™ (micro/nanocomposite) hierarchically structured supermetals. The materials offer very high strength-to-weight ratios in magnesium and aluminum alloys. The award finalists are selected annually by a panel of...

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Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. signs agreement to acquire assets of Worthington Steel Vonore Plant

March 26, 2012

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. has announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Precision Strip, Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of the Worthington Steel Vonore, Tennessee plant, a processing facility owned by Worthington Industries Inc. Terms were not...

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JMC Steel Group to purchase Atkore's Allied Tube & Conduit facility

March 21, 2012

JMC Steel Group, Chicago, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase and acquire the real estate, building, equipment, and improvements of Atkore’s Allied Tube & Conduit manufacturing facility, Morrisville, Pa. This facility produced hollow structural sections and ASTM A53 Grade B...

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Metals USA acquires Gregor Technologies

March 14, 2012

Metals USA Holdings Corp., a provider of processed carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and other metals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has acquired Gregor Technologies LLC, Torrington, Conn. Gregor provides custom-crafted parts and assemblies and tailored systems to OEM customers in the industrial...

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Shale-Inland Holdings to acquire Shale-Inland, HD Supply's IPVF business

March 14, 2012

Shale-Inland Holdings LLC, a holding company majority-owned and -controlled by funds of TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P., has announced plans to acquire Shale-Inland and HD Supply's IPVF business. The transactions are expected to close by the end of March 2012, at which time the two acquired...

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HRB prices down in Western Europe and U.S., up elsewhere

March 14, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for March 12 rose 1.7 percent to $656 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the second consecutive increase. The Chinese HRB ex-works price increased 0.5 percent to $569 per ton for the fourth consecutive increase. The Western European HRB...

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RathGibson to be acquired by Precision Castparts

March 13, 2012

RathGibson, a manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and specialty alloy tubing based in Janesville, Wis., has agreed to be acquired by Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC). The acquisition is pending regulatory approvals. Precision Castparts is a worldwide,...

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K&B Machine to build new manufacturing, headquarters facility in Louisiana

March 12, 2012

Pipe manufacturer K&B Machine has announced plans to create a 200,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing and headquarters facility in Schriever, La. The site, about 13 miles north of the company's current Houma, La., complex, already is home to a 42,000-sq.-ft. customer inventory building. The project is...

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Central Steel and Wire names national account manager

March 7, 2012

Central Steel & Wire Co., Chicago, a distributor of metal products, has promoted Timothy Verbeke, a 23-year veteran of the company, to a newly created position of national account manager. In this role, he is responsible for developing overarching strategies to position the company with large...

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Marmon/Keystone announces safety accomplishments

March 7, 2012

Marmon/Keystone has announced that 20 of its 26 locations were accident-free in 2011. Only 13 recordable accidents occurred companywide throughout the entire year. The Fresno branch broke a company record when it celebrated its 12th consecutive year without a recordable accident. The Fresno and...

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