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Alliance Steel adds stretcher leveler

September 1, 2016

Alliance Steel has added a new stretcher leveler to its coil processing equipment. The 72- by 240-in. line for 0.375-in.-thick material is located in Bedford Park, Ill., at the company’s main campus. “We are very excited to offer our customers laser-flat, stress-relieved material,” said Drew...

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Chicago Tube and Iron hires regional VP

August 31, 2016

Chicago Tube and Iron, Romeoville, Ill., has named Joseph Baucom as regional vice president. Working from the company’s Charlotte, N.C., operation, Baucom has 33 years of industry...

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The art and science of metals purchasing

August 31, 2016 | By Alan Bear, CPPM, CPP

Materials purchasing is both an art and a science. You need the knowledge and strategy to negotiate with intelligence. You need the art of relationship-building, including good ethics and solid integrity.

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Pacesetter Steel Service CEO named Mid-Market Rising Star

August 30, 2016

Aviva Leebow Wolmer, CEO of Pacesetter Steel Service Inc., Kennesaw, Ga., is the recipient of the 2016 CEO Connection® Mid-Market Rising Star Award.Wolmer was responsible for creating Pacesetter University before transitioning first to vice president for people and subsequently executive vice...

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NCCA launches blog for coil coating, prepaint industry

August 18, 2016

The National Coil Coating Association (NCCA), Cleveland, has launched a blog, Coat Notes, at The blog is designed to provide information on the changing needs of the coil coating (prepainted metals) industry, offer educational resources, increase awareness of the coil...

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Specialty Strip & Oscillating hires new inside sales rep

August 17, 2016

Specialty Strip & Oscillating Inc., Masury, Ohio, a supplier of conventional slit and oscillate coils in cold-rolled low-carbon, high-carbon, alloy, and stainless steel, has hired Michelle Roberts as inside sales representative. Roberts joined the company a year ago as part of the office...

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Mastering fundamentals opens opportunities for advancement

August 15, 2016 | By Bill Frahm

If a person in metal forming or fabricating understands the basics of metal properties and how that metal is formed to meet quality expectations, he or she shouldn’t have a problem keeping up with the rapid advancements in material development and machine tool technology.

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Gibbs Wire & Steel launches Spanish/English website

August 11, 2016

Gibbs Wire & Steel Inc., Southington, Conn., has launched a new Spanish and English language website to promote Gibbs Metals de Mexico, Queretaro, Mexico, which provides wire and strip products to manufacturers in Mexico, Central America, and South America. The website at

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Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions breaks ground in Kentucky

August 10, 2016

Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions Inc. (KPEX), a subsidiary of Kobe Steel Ltd., has broken ground on a production facility in Bowling Green, Ky. The plant will manufacture and sell aluminum bumper beam material and car frame material for the automotive industry in the U.S. Fabrication...

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Metro Alloys names director of scrap management

August 9, 2016

East Point, Ga.-based Metro Alloys Inc., a buyer, processor, and broker of industrial scrap metals, has announced the addition of Abby Frank to its leadership team. As director of scrap management, he works with the company’s ferrous and nonferrous operations. Frank has nearly 20 years of...

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The Standard Steel Companies opens new facility in Oregon

August 8, 2016

The Standard Steel Companies recently held an open house at its new facility in Portland, Ore. The steel service center offers carbon steel products in prime and secondary, including angles, flat bar, plate, and expanded metal. Services include structural and plate preprocessing, shearing,...

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Projection welding of fasteners to hot-stamped boron steel

August 8, 2016 | By Allen M. Agin, Bob Kollins

Only 10 years ago, the use of boron steel was in its infancy. Today it’s found in a large number of automotive applications. That’s led to new research about the material. One area of focus has been in the projection welding of fasteners to this type of material.

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Alro Steel adds tube cutoff system

August 8, 2016

Alro Steel, a distributor of metals, industrial supplies, and plastics, has expanded its processing capabilities to include a new Hautau RC60 tube cutoff system at its Potterville, Mich., location. The machine offers ID/OD chamfers of both ends, high production speeds, and precision tolerances,...

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GM Cadillac CT6 and ContiTech win 2016 Altair Enlighten Awards

August 2, 2016

General Motors’ Cadillac® CT6 and ContiTech’s polyamide rear cross beam for the 2016 Mercedes S-Class are the recipients of the 4th annual Altair Enlighten Awards, which acknowledge innovation in vehicle weight reduction. The awards were presented during the 2016 CAR Management Briefing...

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Mill Steel Co. appoints account managers

August 1, 2016

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Mill Steel Co., a distributor of flat-rolled carbon steel, has announced the addition of sales account managers Jeff Goode and Mike Polansky to its Building Products Division commercial team. The appointments are tied to the company’s plans to expand its product...

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