Supply Chain

  • Canada, Mexico join Japan as latest trade pact entrants Nov 14, 2011

    Canada and Mexico have announced their intentions to join the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would make the potential trade agreement the largest in the world.

  • Schuff seeing improvement in commercial construction Nov 14, 2011

    Schuff International Inc. is beginning to see positive signs for commercial construction in several geographic regions, according to president and chief executive officer Scott A. Schuff.

  • US drilling slips, Canada jumps Nov 14, 2011

    The number of drill rigs running in the United States fell by 10 last week, led by Wyoming (down six), but Canadian drilling activity jumped by 24 rigs compared with the previous week.

  • Caterpillar to build tractor plant in US Nov 11, 2011

    Caterpillar Inc. plans to open a new U.S. manufacturing plant for small track-type tractors and mini hydraulic excavators as part of a strategy to move production closer to many customers who use those products.

  • XL delay hurts competitiveness: SMA's Danjczek Nov 11, 2011

    TransCanada Corp. and industry associations have criticized the Obama administration’s move to delay a decision until 2013 on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

  • House subcommittee slates hearing on shale gas regulation Nov 11, 2011

    The House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment will hold a hearing Wednesday to discuss how to best regulate the hydraulic fracturing of shale gas while protecting jobs and promoting domestic energy production.

  • Latin America auto assembly up in first 10 months of 2011 Nov 11, 2011

    Mexico’s automotive industry assembled 2,146,307 vehicles through the first 10 months of the year, up 14.1 percent from the same 2010 period.

  • State Department delaying Keystone XL decision to ‘13 Nov 10, 2011

    U.S. officials have postponed a decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline project until 2013.

  • Steel fabricator awarded $750K for rebar plant Nov 10, 2011

    Steel Rebar Manufacturing LLC will receive $750,000 in federal funding to help build a reinforcing bar fabrication plant in Centreville, Ill., according to state and local development officials.

  • A.M. Castle buys tube distributor for $165M Nov 10, 2011

    A.M. Castle & Co. has agreed to pay $165 million for Tube Supply Inc., a distributor of specialty tubular and bar products to the oil and gas industry.

  • Russia clears major hurdle in 18-year drive to join WTO Nov 10, 2011

    Russia cleared a major hurdle toward joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) Thursday when the body’s working party approved the nation’s accession commitment package.

  • Ryerson returns to profitability in 3d qtr. Nov 09, 2011

    Metals processor and distributor Ryerson Inc. returned to profitability in the third quarter, posting net income of $12.1 million vs. a $7.2-million loss during the second quarter and a $14.5-million loss in the third quarter of last year.

  • Keystone XL pipe stockpiled before approval Nov 09, 2011

    TransCanada Corp. is stockpiling pipe for its planned Keystone XL pipeline at sites across the United States and Canada as the mega-project awaits approval from the Obama administration, a company spokesman told AMM Wednesday.

  • GM outlook positive despite EU ‘morass’ Nov 09, 2011

    General Motors Co.’s fourth-quarter performance likely will be on par with the same period last year but weaker than the third quarter, according to company executives.

  • MSCI to add red metals division Nov 09, 2011

    The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) plans to add a copper and brass specialty division as it looks to expand its red metals reach.

  • Toyota touts ‘green’ milestones in N. America Nov 09, 2011

    Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.’s annual North America environmental report details targets the automaker has met under its five-year environmental action plan.

  • Criticism of DOE's $730M Severstal loan grows Nov 08, 2011

    A growing number of lawmakers are criticizing the U.S. Department of Energy decision to offer a $730-million conditional loan to steel producer Severstal North America Inc.

  • Titanium shipments race past forecasts Nov 08, 2011

    With U.S. titanium shipments blowing away earlier estimates, industry observers are looking for clues on whether the torrid pace will hold through the end of the year.

  • Steel buyers sit tight, to pare stocks Nov 08, 2011

    Steel buyers plan to thin out their inventories through year-end, and a few suggest there might be some opportunistic purchasing ahead of announced and potential price increases in the form of buying first-quarter material at fourth-quarter prices.

  • Earthquake still taking toll on Toyota profits Nov 08, 2011

    Toyota Motor Corp. continues to feel the financial effects of the March earthquake and tsunami that constrained its global automotive supply chain and production.

  • OCTG buyers remain cautious amid price hike Nov 08, 2011

    Major domestic oil country tubular goods (OCTG) producers have announced price increases for 2012, but some buyers may remain on the sidelines despite a healthy drill rig count, a key indicator of OCTG demand.

  • GAO outlines tools to combat duty evasion Nov 08, 2011

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has three viable tools to reduce the amount of revenue lost when products brought into the United States evade anti-dumping and countervailing duties, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

  • VW Mexico plant on track to beat production record Nov 08, 2011

    Volkswagen Group produced nearly 433,700 light vehicles at its Puebla, Mexico, assembly plant in the first 10 months of this year, a 24-percent increase from the same period last year.

  • ITA postpones ruling for tapered bearings from China Nov 08, 2011

    The Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration is postponing to Dec. 12 the final results of an administrative review of anti-dumping duties on imports of tapered roller bearings from China between June 1, 2009, and May 31, 2010. The results had been due from Nov. 10.

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