Supply Chain

  • Ports' spending keeps US competitive: execs Sep 15, 2011

    A shortfall in infrastructure spending is crimping the U.S. economy’s ability to create jobs, jumpstart growth and remain globally competitive, logistics executives warned attendees at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) conference in Seattle this week.

  • Canada opposes ‘Buy American’ language Sep 15, 2011

    Canada will oppose "Buy American" provisions in a jobs package proposed by President Obama, Canada’s trade minister said Wednesday.

  • Construction mart not done falling: experts Sep 15, 2011

    Traditionally one of the last sectors to exit the down cycle, the building and construction market is proving no different this time around, with industry experts forecasting at least another couple of negative quarters on both the commercial and residential fronts before any significant turnaround.

  • Tube City sues ex-workers, suppliers Sep 15, 2011

    Tube City IMS Corp. has accused three former managers of conspiring with four outside suppliers to bilk the company out of more than $850,000.

  • Purchasing fair generates strong leads in efforts to spark business Sep 15, 2011

    Manufacturers struggling to book new orders in a tough-as-nails economy are exploring virtually any means available to drum up new business.

  • CarTech sets $30M expansion of Swedish powder met plant Sep 14, 2011

    Carpenter Technology Corp. (CarTech) will expand its Carpenter Powder Products AB facility in Sweden at a cost of $30 million, the company said Tuesday.

  • JCI plans to invest $100M to build Chinese battery plant Sep 14, 2011

    Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) plans to spend $100 million to build a start-stop vehicle battery plant in China aimed at supplying automakers in Asia.

  • Magnesita in $10-million stretch at York plant in Pa. Sep 14, 2011

    Brazil’s Magnesita Refratários SA, in a move believed to mark the first major investment in U.S. refractory manufacturing capacity in a dozen years, has launched a $10-million-plus expansion project that will lift output at its York, Pa., facility by 28,000 tons.

  • Spending, jobs head ports’ agenda Sep 14, 2011

    North American port executives, logistics managers and government officials are meeting at the American Association of Port Authorities annual convention in Seattle this week to discuss how increasing both focus and spending on infrastructure will help make the supply chain more efficient in moving cargo.

  • Border issues throttle US-Canada trade Sep 14, 2011

    Excessive regulation and a lack of standardization at the U.S.-Canadian border is making successful business between the two trading partners a major challenge, putting North America at a disadvantage to emerging economies, executives in the distribution sector said.

  • Corsa ramps up met coal output at Somerset mine Sep 14, 2011

    Corsa Coal Corp. sold 105,000 tons of clean metallurgical coal at an average price of $169 per ton in its fiscal third quarter ended Aug. 31.

  • Patriot taps Hatfield, Ebetino for key management posts Sep 14, 2011

    Patriot Coal Corp. has named Bennett K. "Ben" Hatfield as executive vice president and chief operating officer and Charles A. Ebetino Jr. as senior vice president of global strategy and corporate development.

  • Home appliance mart in double dip: Whirlpool Sep 14, 2011

    The rest of the economy might be looking prime for a pickup, but at least one major end market for stainless steel—the home appliance sector—is in the midst of a double dip, according to Whirlpool Corp.

  • MINING PHILIPPINES: Nickel Asia targets iron ore market Sep 14, 2011

    Nickel Asia Corp (NAC), the biggest nickel miner in the Philippines, plans to ship around 1.5 million tonnes of iron-rich nickel ore this year for use by carbon steel producers

  • ITA finds China dumped nails in US Sep 13, 2011

    The Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) has preliminarily determined in an administrative review of an anti-dumping duty order on certain steel nails (with shaft length up to 12 inches) from China that Stanley Works (Langfang) Fastening Systems Co. Ltd., Stanley Black & Decker/Stanley Fastening Systems LP, Tianjin Jinghai County Hongli Industry & Business Co. Ltd. and Tianjin Jinchi Metal Products Co. Ltd. all made sales at less-than-normal value.

  • Walter taps ex-Peabody exec as new chief Sep 13, 2011

    Walter Energy Inc. has filled its top executive position after coming under fire from shareholders demanding that the company be put up for sale.

  • TK Steel Europe, Konarka link on solar roofing parts Sep 13, 2011

    ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG (TKSE) has partnered with an American plastic film company to develop and manufacture steel roof construction components containing photovoltaic technology.

  • Labor blockade cause of minor port delays in Northwest Sep 13, 2011

    A union jurisdiction dispute at ports in Washington state led to only minor disruptions for some steel customers last week.

  • Venoco planning Calif. crude oil pipeline Sep 13, 2011

    Venoco Inc. plans to build an 8.5-mile, 6-inch-diameter pipeline to transport crude oil in southern California, a company executive told AMM.

  • Former Dietrich owner gives $265M to Carnegie Mellon Sep 13, 2011

    William S. Dietrich II, former owner of Dietrich Industries Inc., a producer of metal framing for construction, has pledged the eighth-largest gift to a university in U.S. history: a $265-million donation to Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Australia probes insider trading by China's Hanlong Mining Sep 13, 2011

    Australia has barred executives from Hanlong Mining from permanently leaving the country, while it probes insider dealing in the shares of two companies the Chinese company offered to buy

  • NCI posts profit despite weak demand Sep 12, 2011

    NCI Building Systems Inc. returned to profitability in its fiscal third quarter despite weak demand and erratic finished steel prices, but the company remained in the red for the first nine months of its fiscal year.

  • Chinese coal mine shutdowns hit L&L Energy's bottom line Sep 12, 2011

    The forced shutdown of coal mines in China's Guizhou province took a bite out of L&L Energy Inc.’s quarterly results.

  • Auto supplier completes $95.8M expansion Sep 12, 2011

    ZF Steering Systems LLC held a grand opening to mark the completion of a $95.8-million expansion of its manufacturing facility in Florence, Ky.

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