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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Pro-Tec Coating appoints president

January 15, 2016

Leipsic, Ohio-based Pro-Tec Coating Co., a 50/50 joint venture between United States Steel Corp. and Kobe Steel Ltd., has named Richard E. Veitch as president. The company provides coated flat-rolled steel primarily to the automotive industry. Veitch joined U.S. Steel full time in 1985 as a turn...

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SMDI awards innovative use of AHSS for environmental sustainability

January 13, 2016

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) based in Washington, D.C., has presented the annual Men and Women of Steel Awards to two recipients in recognition of their innovative use of AHSS. The Industry Innovator Award was...

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Mill Steel acquires assets of S&S Steel Services

January 12, 2016

Mill Steel Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., a distributor of flat-rolled carbon steel, has acquired certain assets of S&S Steel Services Inc., an Anderson, Ind.-based supplier of carbon flat-rolled steel services serving manufacturers in the Midwest, Mid-South, and Mid-Atlantic states. Mill Steel will...

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Alcoa to close Warrick smelter, curtail remaining capacity at Point Comfort refinery

January 11, 2016

Lightweight metals producer Alcoa has announced it will permanently close its Warrick Operations smelter in Evansville, Ind., by the end of Q1 2016. By the end of Q2 2016, the company will curtail the remaining 810,000 metric tons of refining capacity at its Point Comfort operations in Texas....

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Menges Roller celebrates 50 years of business in 2016

January 8, 2016

Menges Roller Co., Wauconda, Ill., celebrates 50 years of business in 2016. The company was founded in 1966 by Louis J. Menges as a rubber covering company but has expanded into engineering, design, and fabrication of precision rollers. The company currently is led by President Matt Menges, the...

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Nucor Steel Louisiana DRI plant to resume operations

January 7, 2016

Nucor Corp. has announced that its direct reduced iron (DRI) plant in Louisiana will resume operations by the end of January 2016. The plant temporarily suspended production at the end of 2015 for planned maintenance, and the company decided not to resume production at that time based on market...

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HyCAL Corp. to install hydrogen continuous anneal line for UHSS/AHSS

January 5, 2016

Detroit-based HyCAL Corp., a division of Ferragon Corp. and formerly Ferrolux-Gibraltar, has begun installation of an Ebner continuous anneal line that will use a blend of hydrogen, rather than water, for strip cooling to produce UHSS/AHSS grades. According to the company, the line—expected to...

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Reliance Steel & Aluminum completes acquisition of Tubular Steel

January 5, 2016

Los Angeles-based Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. has acquired all of the outstanding capital stock of Tubular Steel Inc. (TSI), a distributor and processor of carbon, alloy, and stainless steel pipe, tubing, and bar products. TSI, which has its headquarters and a fabrication business in St....

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Chicago Tube & Iron names director of marketing

January 4, 2016

Chicago Tube & Iron, Romeoville, Ill., has promoted Rob Powers to the position of director of marketing - pipe, valves, and fittings. Powers joined the company immediately after graduating from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in management. In his short career, he has developed...

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United Steel receives two CCIA Awards

December 23, 2015

United Steel Inc., an East Hartford, Conn.-based fabricator and erector of structural steel and miscellaneous metals, has received two awards for safety and community service from the Connecticut Construction Industries Association (CCIA). CCIA’s Safety Committee selected United Steel for its...

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Chicago Tube & Iron announces personnel changes

December 22, 2015

Romeoville, Ill.-based steel service center Chicago Tube & Iron has announced a number of personnel changes effective Jan. 1, 2016. The company has promoted Bill Zielinski to executive vice president/COO. He has been with the company for 24 years in roles of increasing responsibility. In this...

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LIFT releases two RFPs for technology projects

December 22, 2015

Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), Detroit, one of the founding institutes in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation federal initiative, has posted an open call for two lightweight metal technology development projects in the areas of thermomechanical processing and coatings....

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Primetals Technologies to upgrade coil handling system at Nucor Nebraska

December 17, 2015

Primetals Technologies Ltd., London, has announced it will design and install upgraded coil handling equipment at the Nucor Nebraska bar-in-coil and rod mill. The equipment is expected to be operational in September 2016. The Norfolk, Neb., plant produces 900,000 tons of long products annually...

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Precoat Metals acquires some assets of Consolidated Metal Products

December 17, 2015

St. Louis-based coil coater Precoat Metals has acquired the metal coil coating and processing assets of Consolidated Metal Products (CMP), a business unit of Consolidated Systems Inc. (CSi). The assets, located in Columbia, S.C., will be operated as Precoat Metals – Columbia, a toll processing...

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Nucor to close Louisiana plant until raw materials prices improve

December 17, 2015

Steel producer Nucor has announced it will close its St. James Parish direct reduced iron facility in Baton Rouge, La., following scheduled maintenance and not reopen until prices for raw materials improve. “Operating performance at the steel mills segment in the fourth quarter of 2015 is...

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