Gerdau optimistic, but wary of rod imports

May 22, 2012 | 11:28 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Gerdau Long Steel North America, Jim Kerkvliet, Wire Rod Supply Chain Conference, AMM, American Wire Producers Association, Michael Cowden

DALLAS — A host of indicators appear to be signaling better times for the U.S. wire rod market but imports remain a concern, according to an executive at a domestic wire rod producer.

"We’re not close to where we were before, from a consumption standpoint," said Jim Kerkvliet, vice president of sales and marketing at Tampa, Fla.-based Gerdau Long Steel North America, part of Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau SA. "But things are getting better. . . . We’ve come off the bottom and we’re moving toward a more stable, steady, slow growth rate."....

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