American MetalMarket

Magazine Issue: 03-March-2012

Cover Story

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.

Market Spotlight


From the Editor

  • AMM COMMENT: Steel Hall of Fame honorees named

    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.


  • Distributors rewarded for staying nimble during downturn

    Since the start of the global economic crisis, service centers have used inventory control, credit management, expansion via acquisition, and the implementation of new efficiencies and practices to weather the ongoing storm.  It looks to be finally paying off.

  • AMM Hall of Fame: Honoring steel’s greats

    AMM is establishing a Steel Hall of Fame to celebrate the achievements of some of the industry’s most valuable players.  The inaugural class recognizes the contributions of eight outstanding inductees from five countries whose work spanned more than 150 years.

  • JW Aluminum finds a strategy that delivers

    The new era at JW Aluminum began when Wellspring Capital acquired the company and implemented a series of changes, including a strategy that involved bringing together employees to show them how their actions could affect the bottom line.

  • Aluminum industry '12 outlook positive amid mixed signals

    Optimism is fighting back against some pessimistic concerns about the aluminum industry, as expected increases in prices and demand—slight as they may be early in the year—have industry players looking for something to hang on to as the economy slowly rebuilds.