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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Watermill Group acquires Fine Tubes, Superior Tube

September 18, 2012

Private investment firm The Watermill Group, Lexington, Mass., has acquired Fine Tubes Ltd. in Plymouth, U.K., and Superior Tube Co. Inc. in Collegeville, Pa., from Superior Group Inc., a privately owned industrial holding company. Watermill will help the two metal tubing manufacturing companies...

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MSCI Manufacturing Summit events scheduled for October

September 13, 2012

The Metals Service Center Institute, Rolling Meadows, Ill., has announced two upcoming, chapter-hosted "A Manufacturing Summit: Closing the Divide Between Jobs, Policy and Growth" events. Eleven such events are being held around the country in 2012. All Republican and Democrat federal candidates...

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MidWest Materials co-founder Joseph Koppelman dies

September 13, 2012

MidWest Materials chairman and co-founder, Joseph Koppelman, died Sept. 9. From a one-room operation in Cleveland in 1952, Koppelman led MidWest Materials to its 240,000-sq.-ft. steel service center facility in Perry, Ohio. Koppelman's daughter, Noreen Koppelman Goldstein, became president of the...

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Welding CrMo material

Use and weldability of high-chromium molybdenum steels

September 10, 2012 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

At least a dozen chromium molybdenum (CrMo) steel combinations exist. One of the more recent alloys consists of chromium, molybdenum, vanadium, niobium (columbium), and nitrogen. Beginning sometime in the 1970s, this material became popular for use in high-temperature applications, such as gas and...

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Bushwick Metals acquires Tarco Steel

September 7, 2012

Bushwick Metals LLC, Bridgeport, Conn., has announced the acquisition of Tarco Steel Inc. and Metal Fab LLC, a steel service center and fabrication shop in Binghamton, N.Y. The companies will now be known as Tarco Steel, a Division of Bushwick Metals LLC. The service center serves the energy,...

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Metal service center leaders call for change

September 6, 2012

On Aug. 28 the Central States chapter of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) held its 2012 Manufacturing Summit, "Closing the Divide Between Jobs, Policy and Growth," in Oakbrook, Ill. The event was moderated by MSCI President and CEO Bob Weidner III and hosted by MSCI chapter President...

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Heavy-duty casters designed for extreme applications

September 4, 2012

Caster Concepts Inc. has introduced what it says is one of the highest weight-rated casters available. Designed for extreme situations with payload capacity exceeding typical levels, the 99 series heavy-duty caster can be customized to meet specific applications and preferences. The caster is...

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Wise Alloys plans expansion in Alabama

September 4, 2012

Wise Alloys, a producer of aluminum can stock for the beverage industry, plans to spend $59.8 million to expand its cold mill operation in Muscle Shoals, Ala., adding at least 35 new jobs. The expansion will allow the production of more wide can body sheet. The expansion will include a new mill...

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Main Steel to establish new Chicago-area facility - TheFabricator.com

Main Steel to establish new Chicago-area facility

August 29, 2012

Main Steel, a Shale-Inland Company, has unveiled plans for a new flagship operation in the Chicago area. The 240,000-sq.-ft. facility in Elk Grove, Ill., will combine the company’s two Chicago operations in Bartlett and Wheeling, Ill., under one roof. The move is expected to be completed...

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United Performance Metals launches redesigned website

August 28, 2012

United Performance Metals, Hamilton, Ohio, has unveiled a redesigned website at www.upmet.com. The new design highlights products and capabilities and access to online quoting and document retrieval. Sheet and coil calculator apps, contest links, and social media updates have been added. United...

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SAF announces CEO succession plan

August 28, 2012

SAF (Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. Inc.), Atlanta, has announced that John McClatchey, Ph.D., will retire from the position of president Sept. 1. Having served as president since 1988, McClatchey plans to work as CFO for at least another two years and will continue to serve on the board of...

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Greer Steel names VP-commercial

August 27, 2012

Greer Steel, a producer of cold-rolled strip steel in Dover, Ohio, has named David E. Matisko as vice president-commercial. He has more than 25 years of steel industry experience, most recently as general manager of sales at RG Steel. Matisko's career began in 1985 at LTV Steel Co., where he held...

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United Performance Metals' shipping coordinator earns international trade certification - TheFabricator.com

United Performance Metals' shipping coordinator earns international trade certification

August 22, 2012

United Performance Metals, Hamilton, Ohio, has announced that Irina Garrett, shipping coordinator, has become a certified international trade specialist. The certification reflects her core competencies in international trade logistics and compliance operations. United Performance Metals, a...

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Synalloy to acquire Palmer of Texas

August 21, 2012

Synalloy Corp., Spartanburg, S.C., a producer of stainless steel pipe, fabricator of stainless and carbon steel piping systems, and producer of specialty chemicals, has entered into an agreement to acquire Palmer of Texas, a manufacturer of liquid storage systems and separation equipment for the...

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O'Neal Flat Rolled Metals opens facility in Virginia

August 21, 2012

O'Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR), Brighton, Colo., has opened a new coil processing facility in Lynchburg, Va. The 135,000-sq.-ft. warehouse provides a home for the company's flat-rolled operations, focusing on the processing and distribution of carbon and nonferrous, light-gauge, flat-rolled metal...

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