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Independence Tube revises HSS price hike

Keywords: Tags  Independence Tube, Southland Tube, hollow structural sections, HSS, ITC50, steel

NEW YORK — Independence Tube Corp. has followed Southland Tube Inc. in revising downward its recent hollow structural sections (HSS) price hike to $30 per ton ($1.50 per hundredweight) from the previously announced $50 per ton ($2.50 per cwt).

The revision applies to squares and equivalent rectangles from 2 to 12 inches as well as ITC50 pipe size and HSS rounds up through 16 inches in outside diameter, the Chicago-based company said in a letter to customers March 7.

Both Chicago-based Independence Tube and Birmingham, Ala.-based Southland Tube had hiked prices to $50 per ton following a leading move by Atlas Tube Inc., a subsidiary of Chicago-based JMC Steel Group Inc. (, March 5). That happened after most large flat-rolled steelmakers had hiked prices by $50 per ton (, Feb. 27).

Market sources previously said that they doubted the HSS increase would hold, as it was uncertain whether the full flat-rolled hike would stick (, March 6).

Southland scaled back its increase March 6 (, March 8).

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