Commercial service suppliers are ready to take orders

Feb 28, 2011 | 07:00 PM | Myra Pinkham

Tags  stainless steel, suppliers, food service industry, restaurants, FDA

While stainless steel suppliers generally are at least cautiously optimistic that the commercial and institutional food service industry is on an upswing, they are still concerned about certain factors, including continued weakness in the commercial construction market, tightness in the financial markets and costs associated with new federal food safety regulations.

"There is a lot of stainless steel used when fast-food and full-service restaurants, supermarkets, warehouse clubs, etc., are built," a spokesman for Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Technologies Inc. said. But right now, such construction is at a slower rate than many would like.....

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