The future is now Commerce seeks handle on steel demand

Oct 29, 2004 | 08:39 AM |

The U.S. Commerce Department is seeking answers about the future of U.S. steel demand and looking to a Pittsburgh-area company to find them.

Commerce has awarded a contract to Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA), Pittsburgh, to study and model future demand for steel. The financial terms of the contract weren't disclosed.

The contract springs out of congressional instructions to the Commerce Department to study future demand for steel. Congress is concerned about issues raised by U.S. steel producers and service centers about what they perceive as the shrinking domestic manufacturing sector. It has been suggested to Congress that the decline in manufacturing coupled with import pressures from steel and steel-containing goods....

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