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Like the prices of oil, gas and many other metal commodities, global steel prices have been dropping since mid 2014—with the downhill slide speeding precipitously through the first quarter of 2015, reaching its lowest point since 2009, according to Market Read more…


Of the 4,922 Ebola related deaths reported by the World Health Organization, all but 27 of the cases have occurred inside of the iron ore rich countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. One of the unnoticed aspects of the Read more…


Everyone has heard of the term “it’s all smoke and mirrors” referring to a magician’s ability to draw a crowd’s attention away from one location and directing it to the desired location.  After attending the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Read more…


Steel Service Centers sell steel regularly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), companies that manufacture their own products, companies like John Deere, J.I. Case, and Caterpillar to name just three large OEMs.  Of course, OEMs also buy material directly from steel Read more…


Next week the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA) will hold their annual national convention, Metalfab 2014, at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO (near St. Louis).  For those not familiar with what its 600 members Read more…


As everyone knows, the structural steel construction market has been affected adversely by the recession and subsequent slow economic recovery.  And the introduction of–or the reduction of–government funding will undoubtedly affect this industry.  But which way?  The answer is of Read more…


The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) has the motto “There’s Always a Solution in Steel.”  Within the universe of steel, AISC serves several very important functions. AISC sets the standards for steel construction in the United States. Its handbooks Read more…


If you are typical of most mid-sized businesses, you can be proud of what you have accomplished during these trying economic times. Unfortunately, most of us do not expect the economy to improve regardless of the outcome of the November Read more…


On July 31, with little time in her busy schedule, Jeanne told me, “Just show me the good stuff.”  I skipped the Power Point presentation and headed directly for the section bender where her crew was videotaping the rolling of Read more…


The price of energy including gas is a hot topic these days.  Not only does it cost almost $100 to fill up your SUV, but the price of everything processed, manufactured and/or transported (which is about everything) will cost more because Read more…

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