Supply Chain

  • VNE acquires high-purity tube producer Sep 18, 2014

    VNE Corp. has acquired tube and fittings supplier High Purity Technology Inc. (HPT). The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • Aero backlogs spur titanium integration Sep 18, 2014

    Surging commercial aircraft backlogs are spurring the need for vertical integration in the aerospace supply chain, titanium industry executives said.

  • Greenbrier logs 15,000 rail car orders in qtr. Sep 18, 2014

    Greenbrier Cos. received new orders for 15,000 rail cars valued at $1.37 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter ended Aug. 31, down from the previous quarter but up sharply from the year-earlier period.

  • Multi-material vehicles complicate scrap sorting Sep 18, 2014

    Multi-material vehicles present new challenges when it comes to sorting scrap left over from stamping, according to Honda Motor Co. Ltd. executives.

  • Honda to keep leaning on steel for strength Sep 18, 2014

    Honda Motor Co. Ltd. will continue to use a range of materials for its North American-made vehicles, company executives said, but noted that parts important for body strength will likely remain steel.

  • AM/NS Calvert to lift slab supply from Ind. Sep 18, 2014

    ArcelorMittal SA’s plan to boost slab supplies from its Indiana Harbor plant in East Chicago, Ind., to its AM/NS Calvert LLC facility could allow the company to sell products to customers participating in projects with “Buy American” requirements.

  • China slowdown weighs on copper outlook Sep 17, 2014

    A drop in copper demand from China will weigh on primary and secondary copper prices, but a brighter economic outlook in the U.S. will allay some fears, economists said during the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ Commodities Roundtable in Chicago.

  • Olympic Steel's Siegal joins Cliffs' board Sep 17, 2014

    Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. appointed service center executive Michael D. Siegal to its board of directors effective Sept. 16.

  • Steel distributor shipments dip, stocks rise Sep 17, 2014

    North American steel service center shipments dipped in August while inventories increased, according to the latest Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) data.

  • Distributors’ aluminum shipments stay strong Sep 17, 2014

    North American service center aluminum shipments continued their year-on-year improvement in August despite a dip from earlier this summer, according to the latest Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) data.

  • Mexico’s demand for stainless said surging Sep 17, 2014

    Mexico is proving to be a driving force behind the growth in stainless steel consumption, according to industry executives and analysts.

  • Esmark unit seals KMA Manufacturing deal Sep 17, 2014

    Esmark Industrial Group LLC, a metals fabrication and manufacturing subsidiary of Esmark Inc., has completed the acquisition of KMA Manufacturing LLC, formerly known as Pittsburgh Annealing Box Inc.

  • Steel will stay No. 1 in autos: ArcelorMittal Sep 17, 2014

    ArcelorMittal SA expects steel to remain the material of choice for cars and light trucks, according to company executives.

  • Commerce launches probe of steel shelving imports Sep 17, 2014

    The U.S. Commerce Department has initiated an anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigation into imports of boltless steel shelving from China.

  • ArcelorMittal cooks up steel diet for pickups Sep 17, 2014

    ArcelorMittal SA is aiming to help pickup trucks meet tougher fuel economy standards with advanced high-strength steels (AHSS).

  • Pacific Steel’s revolving credit line closes Sep 16, 2014

    Siena Lending Group LLC has completed a $15-million revolving credit facility for Pacific Steel Casting Co.

  • “Titanium cheaters” pose an ongoing threat Sep 15, 2014

    A lawsuit recently filed by United Technologies Corp. (UTC) shows that defense contractors are "still vulnerable" to an ongoing problem with "suspect" titanium that has persisted for 15 years, according to an aviation trade journal.

  • U.S. Steel wins OK to expand Minntac operations Sep 12, 2014

    U.S. Steel Corp. has received federal approval to expand its Minntac iron ore operations in Mt. Iron, Minn.

  • Anglo American to idle Peace River met coal ops Sep 12, 2014

    Anglo American Plc is planning to place its 1.5-million-tonne-per-year Peace River coking coal operations in British Columbia on care and maintenance at year-end

  • McNichols moving Ariz. metal service center Sep 11, 2014

    McNichols Co. is moving its Phoenix metal service center to a new site within the city that has improved access to major transportation arteries and an enhanced facility layout.

  • North River Capital acquires Indiana gear manufacturer Sep 11, 2014

    Private equity firm North River Capital LLC has bought a majority stake in Auburn Gear Inc., a manufacturer of wheel drives, axle drive components and specialty drives, for an undisclosed amount.

  • Two LNG projects win export approval Sep 11, 2014

    The U.S. Energy Department has given final authorization to Cameron LNG LLC and Carib Energy LLC to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the United States.

  • A.M. Castle allows ‘poison pill’ to expire Sep 11, 2014

    A.M. Castle & Co.’s "poison pill" shareholder rights plan to defend against possible hostile takeovers has expired, the company’s top executive told AMM.

  • Young adults key to home construction rebound Sep 11, 2014

    The U.S. housing market may not get back on its feet until young adults have good jobs that will allow them to start families—or just move out of their parents’ basement, according to one housing industry expert.

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