Supply Chain

  • Sept. metal shipments by rail up, down for year Oct 07, 2013

    North American rail shipments of metals and metallic ores totaled 49,971 carloads during the week ended Sept. 28, up 1.1 percent from a year earlier, according to the latest data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

  • Lockheed Martin prepare to lay off workers Oct 07, 2013

    Lockheed Martin Corp. was preparing to lay off about 3,000 employees Oct. 7 "as a result of the government shutdown," although developments over the weekend at another big aerospace manufacturer indicates the industry may be tempering its initial cutback plans.

  • FreightCar America names Joseph McNeely new chief Oct 07, 2013

    FreightCar America Inc. has appointed Joseph E. McNeely as chief executive officer. He is currently president and chief operating officer.

  • US drilling rises, Canada falls Oct 07, 2013

    The number of drill rigs running in the United States increased by 12 last week, led by Oklahoma and Texas (each up five), while Canadian drilling activity fell by 29 rigs compared with the previous week.

  • LME lists Panama City for copper Oct 04, 2013

    The London Metal Exchange has approved Panama City, Fla., as a valid delivery point for grade A copper cathode.

  • Copper handrails for Chilean trains Oct 04, 2013

    Chilean copper producer Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco) and French train manufacturer Alstom SA will partner to install copper handrails in Chilean trains, according to Codelco.

  • Sheet hikes seen influencing contract talks Oct 03, 2013

    Flat-rolled steel buyers are welcoming the latest price increases because they said it provides a better base from which to negotiate 2014 fixed-price supply contracts.

  • Gov't shutdown may prompt UTC layoffs Oct 03, 2013

    United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has slated an initial layoff of 2,000 employees next week, with the potential of furloughing more than 5,000 workers in its aerospace units if the U.S. government shutdown stretches into next month.

  • Severstal NA’s lightweighting technologies gain ground Oct 03, 2013

    Severstal North America LLC is helping its automotive customers achieve stronger, lighter weight vehicles by using computer-aided engineering technologies, proven manufacturing techniques and new grades of high-strength and high-formability steel, it said.

  • Auto supplier sentiment hits 20-month high in Sept.: survey Oct 03, 2013

    Automotive suppliers’ optimism jumped in September, stemming from greater business activity in North America and a stabilizing European economy, Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) senior vice president of industry analysis and economics Dave Andrea said.

  • Caterpillar cuts jobs in Wis. on mining slump Oct 03, 2013

    U.S. mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. has cut another 115 jobs at its South Milwaukee, Wis., production facility as part of its cost-cutting strategy for the second half of the year.

  • Bilstein plans Kentucky plant Oct 03, 2013

    German automotive supplier Bilstein Group will build a $120-million cold-rolled steel production plant, Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel LP, in Bowling Green, Ky., according to state officials.

  • New EPA regs could hurt die casting: Nadca Oct 03, 2013

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposals to reduce carbon dioxide pollution from power plants could have negative, long-term effects on the die casting industry, according to the North American Diecasters Association (Nadca).

  • Asian auto supplier to build second facility in Alabama Oct 03, 2013

    Seohan Auto USA Corp. began construction this week on a second 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Auburn, Ala., that will focus on machining metal components for the auto industry.

  • Long gov’t shutdown may impact Boeing Oct 03, 2013

    Boeing Co. hasn’t been significantly impacted by the U.S. government shutdown, but a prolonged closure might slow deliveries of its commercial aircraft, the company said.

  • Mining equipment makers, miners clash over Roy Hill Oct 03, 2013

    The U.S. mining equipment industry and miners are clashing over a government-backed financing plan for the development of the Roy Hill iron ore mine in Western Australia.

  • Correction: Sumitomo to lift energy stance with Edgen buy Oct 03, 2013

    Due to a reporting error, an article posted to the website Oct. 1 incorrectly stated that Sumitomo Corp. makes steel products, including oil country tubular goods. Sumitomo supplies and distributes these products.

  • Perryman to stay private, seek growth Oct 02, 2013

    Perryman Co. intends to remain family owned as it pursues growth in a market populated by rivals that are part of larger, publicly owned companies.

  • RathGibson adds titanium tubing products to lineup Oct 02, 2013

    RathGibson LLC has added titanium tubing for the industrial market to its product line.

  • US auto sales skid 5% in September Oct 02, 2013

    U.S. sales by the top seven automakers totaled 965,351 vehicles in September, down 5 percent from nearly 1.02 million in the same month last year but the year-to-date total of 10.13 million vehicles remained 7.9 percent ahead of the first nine months of last year, according to an AMM analysis.

  • Nucor calls for infrastructure spending Oct 02, 2013

    Nucor Corp. supports raising the user fee that provides revenue to the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, Rob Roberson, materials and logistics manager for Nucor Steel Berkeley in South Carolina, told a U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on freight transportation.

  • Asian auto parts makers driving for South Oct 02, 2013

    Two Asian automotive suppliers will spend a combined $90 million to expand and open factories in the southern United States.

  • Dufferin lands St. Lawrence Seaway canal project pact Oct 02, 2013

    St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. has awarded Oakville, Ontario-based Dufferin Construction Co. a contract to replace a series of ship tie-up walls on the Welland Canal.

  • Kloeckner to consolidate US facilities Oct 01, 2013

    Service center operator Kloeckner Metals Corp. will reorganize and consolidate several facilities in the United States, it said Oct. 1.

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