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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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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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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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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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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Nucor announces plan to close Nuconsteel

January 5, 2012

Nucor Corp. announced today that it will exit the business of fabricating light gauge steel framing and therefore will close its Nuconsteel division. Nuconsteel has operations in Denton, Texas, and Dallas, Georgia. Nucor entered the residential and commercial light gauge steel framing business in...

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Wise Metals Group hires CFO

December 6, 2011

Monte D. Schaefer has joined Wise Metals Group, Muscle Shoals, Ala., as CFO. Schaefer worked previously at Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp., Nashville, where he was vice president of finance and controller. Before working in the aluminum industry, he was director of operations and finance for...

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MSCI forms Red Metals division

November 21, 2011

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), Schaumburg, Ill., has added a Copper and Brass Specialty Division. "This is the natural evolution of our organization," said MSCI President and CEO M. Robert Weidner III. "We strive to serve the networking, educational, advocacy, and research needs of...

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Marmon/Keystone establishes value-added processing center

November 7, 2011

Marmon/Keystone has opened a new Southeast regional value-added processing center at its branch in Charlotte, N.C. The center handles value-added service transactions for the Charlotte; Atlanta; Orlando, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; Houston; and Fort Worth, Texas, branches. The company, a distributor...

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World, Western Europe, China HRB prices up; U.S. prices down

August 24, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for August 22 rose 2.2 percent to $710 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the second consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price rose 0.7 percent to $753 per ton (on a Euro basis, it declined 0.8 percent), ex-works, after falling...

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Fisher-Barton opens new materials research lab

August 15, 2011

The Fisher-Barton Group hosted the grand opening of its new $2 million, 1,800-sq.-ft. materials research laboratory Aug. 2 in Watertown, Wis. The new lab houses up-to-date instruments for the microscopic, chemical, and mechanical analysis of metals and other materials. Capabilities include...

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United Performance Metals relocates California facility

August 9, 2011

United Performance Metals has relocated its California branch to a new facility in La Mirada to accommodate the company's growth in the region. The addition of space allows the company to offer more inventory and processing equipment. United Performance Metals serves customers in industries...

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HRB price decline continues

July 27, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ U.S. HRB price spot for July 25 fell 4.9 percent to $770 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the eighth consecutive decline. The World export HRB price declined 2.1 percent to $693 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the third consecutive decline. The Western...

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Chicago Tube and Iron announces completion of merger with Olympic Steel

July 18, 2011

Olympic Steel Inc., Cleveland, and Chicago Tube and Iron Co. (CTI), Romeoville, Ill., have completed their previously announced merger transaction, with Olympic acquiring all of the outstanding shares of CTI. Donald R. McNeeley, Ph.D., will continue as president and CEO of CTI following the...

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