Wheatland Tube Co., part of Chicagos JMC Steel Group
Inc., hiked fence framework prices by 5 percent effective
Jan. 7, according to a Jan. 3 letter to customers.
"Due to increasing demand in the automotive and construction
markets, steel coil inventories have been shrinking while lead
times are pushing out. As a result of this increased and
sustained demand, the cost for flat-rolled steel continues to
escalate," the Sharon, Pa.-based company said.