Service centers report ‘more upside than downside potential’
With North American shipments on the rise, distributors are beginning to show some optimism about markets inching their way back to pre-recession levels. But the climb is expected to be slow, and not without a few challenges and setbacks along the way.
Global commercial aerospace, industrial and non-aerospace shipments—including medical and new applications—are expected to increase.
The first-quarter reduction is somewhat larger than the decrease in the fourth quarter of 2011, which was the first surcharge cut in two years.
An unemployment rate of more than 8 percent is threatening the President’s re-election. Solution: appoint a Jobs Council that offends no one.
Sometimes, the greatest heat in steelmaking doesn’t come from the plant floor. Pressures to perform in competition with other companies and for the corporate bottom line can raise the temperatures in which executives must work every day.