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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HRB prices rise

March 10, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for March 8 surged 5.4 percent to $706 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the seventh consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price surged 4.2 percent to $625 per ton (on a Euro basis, it was up 4.5 percent) for the second...

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Sandmeyer Steel announces retirement of inside sales rep after 46 years of service

March 5, 2010

Loretta B. Wysocki will retire from Sandmeyer Steel Co., Philadelphia, after 46 years of service. She joined the company on April 14, 1964, as a clerk typist for the sales department and then advanced the following year to executive assistant to the vice president of sales. Late in 1966, she...

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Worthington acquires Gibraltar's steel processing assets

March 5, 2010

Worthington Industries Inc., Columbus, Ohio, has announced that its steel processing business segment has acquired the steel processing assets of Gibraltar Industries Inc. The acquisition expands the capabilities of The Worthington Steel Co.'s cold-rolled strip business and its ability to service...

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ASTM revises steel sheet standards

March 5, 2010

ASTM Intl. Committees A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys and A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products, W. Conshohocken, Pa., have approved revisions to two ASTM standards that clarify the thickness tolerances for both uncoated and coated steel sheet products. The standards are...

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Globe Specialty Metals reopens Alabama facility

March 5, 2010

Globe Specialty Metals Inc., New York, has reopened its Selma, Ala., silicon metal and ferrosilicon alloys facility, which it had idled during the economic downturn. The company restarted the first of two furnaces at the plant in early January and restarted the second furnace in early February,...

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Hydro Aluminum hires regional sales and technical manager

March 5, 2010

Hydro's Metal Markets North America, Linthicum, Md., has added Greg Lea to its commercial team as regional sales and technical manager for the Midwest. Lea comes to the company after operating his own consulting firm in the metals industry. He previously served as general manager of the MI Metals...

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Cargill to acquire Robinson's RPS Steel division

February 9, 2010

Cargill has announced that it will purchase Robinson Steel's RPS® Steel division, acquiring its cold-reduction lines in East Chicago, Ind., and Granite City, Ill. Cargill will take 100 percent ownership of Cargill Robinson LLC, a joint venture formed by Cargill and Robinson in 2007. The...

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Wall Colmonoy hires corporate controller

February 9, 2010

Wall Colmonoy, a manufacturer of high-temperature brazing and coating alloys in Madison Heights, Mich., has hired Randy Buoy as corporate controller. In this position, he works directly with the plants to streamline systems and strengthen internal control and reporting. Buoy holds a degree in...

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New standards released for metal powder testing, bearings

February 9, 2010

New 2010 editions of two powder metallurgy (PM) standards have been issued by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF). The 130-page Standard Test Methods for Metal Powders and Powder Metallurgy Products contains 39 individual standards on terminology and recommended methods for testing metal...

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Eddie Kane Steel opens two new facilities

January 12, 2010

Eddie Kane Steel Products Inc., a carbon and alloy distributor in Spring Lake, N.J., has opened two additional sales, distribution, and processing centers in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas. The company also has locations in Masury, Ohio, and Hertford County, N.C.Processing capabilities include...

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U.S.S. New York warship contains recycled steel from World Trade Center

January 12, 2010

The fifth in a line of a new class of warship was commissioned into the U.S. Navy in November in New York City. The U.S.S. New York, roughly the length of two football fields and weighing 25,000 tons, features a front edge bow section forged from 7.5 tons of steel recovered from the World Trade...

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Nucor Executive Vice President Joe Rutkowski to retire; Joe Stratman to assume additional responsibilities

January 11, 2010

Nucor Corp. Executive Vice President of Business Development Joseph A. Rutkowski announced today his plans to retire at the end of February after 21 years of service with the company. Rutkowski began his career as Manager of Nucor Cold Finish, Norfolk, Nebraska, in 1989; served as Manager of...

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Cargill to acquire Robinson's RPS® Steel division

December 17, 2009

Cargill, a global trader, processor, and distributor of iron and steel, has agreed with Robinson Steel to increase its investment in RPS® Sheet and Plate by purchasing Robinson Steel's cold-reduction lines in East Chicago, Ind., and Granite City, Ill. Cargill will take 100-percent ownership of...

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HRB prices off bottom

December 16, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for December 14 rose 4.0 percent to $575 per metric ton, FOB the mill, after four consecutive falls. The World export HRB price rose 3.4 percent to $519 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the second consecutive increase. The...

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Scrap Salvage & Surplus patents mobile processing unit

December 15, 2009

Scrap Salvage & Surplus Inc., Butler, Pa., has patented a mobile processing unit for heavy torching of oversized metal scrap generated by steelmakers and other metal manufacturers.The unit, which began operating in 2005, reduces energy consumption and labor costs and eliminates 99.8 percent of...

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