Magazine Issue: August/September 2014


Cover Story

Living big: David Hannah
For Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., which has acquired 56 companies over the past 20 years, growth is simply a means to an end.  ‘We have always focused on profitability, not volume,’ says chairman David H. Hannah, who is quick to point out that the average order size for North America’s largest metals service center company in 2013 was $1,660.

Market Spotlight

STAINLESS STEEL

STAINLESS STEEL

STAINLESS STEEL

Columns

PARTING SHOTS

FULL OF SCRAP

THE METRICS SYSTEM

THE MONTH IN METALS

From the Editor

Features

SPECIAL SECTION: DRI

  • A reduced appetite

    Mills are cherry picking direct-reduced iron technologies from leading providers as they seek the best input mix to create the optimal product while keeping costs under control at a time when raw materials are a driving factor in corporate profitability.

SPECIAL SECTION: DRI

  • Iron will

    Steelmakers and other companies that have moved—or are considering moving—into direct-reduced iron production are exploiting advantageous energy prices while also looking to keep raw material costs and accessibility under their own control.

END-USER SPOTLIGHT

CENTER PIECE

AWARD WINNERS

  • AMM Awards for Steel Execellence winners: 2014

    AMM presented 15 Awards for Steel Excellence to 13 companies and one individual at a June 17 dinner in New York celebrating best-in-class initiatives that have introduced real and quantifiable change to the steel industry.

SERVICE CENTER SURVEY

TOP LIST

  • Legacy network: ERP and service centers

    As metal distributors make broader demands on their enterprise resource planning systems, developers and providers of service center software adjust their focus to help support the manufacturing processes needed to maintain efficiency and profitability.

  • U.S. service center economies

    The service center industry remains an important part of the national economy as it continues to find new strategies—including expansions, mergers, system controls and management theories—to maintain business, customer satisfaction and profit margins.

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