Supply Chain

  • GrafTech posts net loss in first quarter Apr 25, 2014

    A rationalization initiative calling for the closure of its two highest-cost graphite electrode production facilities, along with lower realized graphite electrode prices due to a global supply imbalance, combined to push GrafTech International Ltd. $11.52 million in the red in the first quarter.

  • ‘Buy American’ pipeline bill urged Apr 25, 2014

    A Minnesota congressman has introduced a bill that would apply "Buy American" requirements on pipelines regulated by the Secretary of Transportation.

  • Canada mandates tank car upgrades Apr 25, 2014

    Canada has ordered the "immediate" removal of 5,000 tank cars from service as part of a series of rulings issued this past week designed to improve safety, according to a spokeswoman for Transport Canada.

  • LME asks US court to dismiss ‘absurd’ aluminum lawsuits Apr 24, 2014

    The London Metal Exchange has asked a U.S. judge to dismiss claims of misconduct related to the aluminum market for a variety of reasons, including that the court lacks jurisdiction over the exchange.

  • Reliance sees trend of rising steel prices Apr 24, 2014

    Steel prices are moving up in the second quarter after swooning midway through the first quarter, according to Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. executives.

  • Reliance's aeropace plate outlook improves Apr 24, 2014

    Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.’s second-quarter results were dinged by Midwest premium volatility and pressure on aluminum plate prices as a result of import competition and an aerospace supply chain glut.

  • Boeing ready for 'unlikely' titanium disruption Apr 24, 2014

    Boeing Co. says it is prepared for a worst-case scenario that political events in eastern Europe could disrupt its titanium supply chain.

  • Scrap veteran William F. Sullivan dies at 85 Apr 24, 2014

    William F. Sullivan, chief executive officer of William F. Sullivan Co. Inc., died April 23 at his home in West Springfield, Mass. He was 85.

  • Voestalpine starts output at US auto parts plant Apr 23, 2014

    Voestalpine Group has begun producing high-strength steel auto components at its $70-million Voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. subsidiary in Cartersville, Ga.

  • Greenbrier hires rival’s former chief Apr 22, 2014

    Greenbrier Cos. has hired Jim Cowan, former chief executive officer of a rival rail car builder, to fill a key operating post in what some Wall Street observers believe could be the first step on a path to Greenbrier’s chief executive officer post.

  • ATI closing iron casting facility by end of June Apr 22, 2014

    Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) will close its iron castings facility in LaPorte, Ind., by the end of June, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

  • Falling copper prices pinch Mueller's results Apr 22, 2014

    Mueller Industries Inc. saw its first-quarter net income slip 5.7 percent year on year as declining copper prices offset an increase in net sales, the company said April 22.

  • AK Steel unable to aid struggling automakers Apr 22, 2014

    AK Steel Corp. is booked nearly to capacity on coated and cold-rolled steel products and therefore has limited capacity to help automakers facing shutdowns due to steel shortages, the company’s top executive said.

  • Steel Technologies to buy Ind. toll processor Stripco Apr 22, 2014

    Steel Technologies LLC has entered into an agreement to purchase toll processor Stripco LLC for an undisclosed amount.

  • Boeing union workers awarded $46.8M Apr 21, 2014

    Boeing Co.’s largest white-collar union says hundreds of its members are in line for nearly $47 million in back wages and benefits after a 13-year dispute.

  • US tools manufacturer sues Rusal Apr 21, 2014

    Industrial tools manufacturer CITC USA Inc. is suing Russian aluminum producer United Co. Rusal (UC Rusal) and its subsidiaries for allegedly failing to pay $450,000 for parts.

  • No auto impact yet from halt at USS Ecorse Apr 21, 2014

    U.S. automakers thus far appear to be unscathed by disruptions in the supply chain at domestic mills, including a force majeure at U.S. Steel Corp.’s Great Lakes Works in Ecorse, Mich.

  • More ice-breaking capacity said needed Apr 18, 2014

    ArcelorMittal SA wants U.S. lawmakers to push ahead with a bill aimed at bolstering the nation’s ice-breaking capacity and to repair and update its waterways in the wake of one of the worst winters in decades.

  • Weber press to boost aerospace titanium use Apr 17, 2014

    Weber Metals Inc. will build a new 60,000-ton aerospace forging press in California that will boost its titanium requirement and bring the company into the market for nickel-alloy forging inputs, president and chief executive officer J. Rick Creed confirmed.

  • Stainless shipments continue uptick: MSCI Apr 17, 2014

    North American shipments of stainless steel continued to improve last month, according to the latest Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) data.

  • Lincoln Electric steel analyst Ron Breese dies Apr 16, 2014

    Ronald George Breese, corporate steel analyst at Lincoln Electric Co., passed away April 10 at the age of 68, the welding and cutting company said in a statement.

  • Future Metals opens 9th facility Apr 15, 2014

    Future Metals LLC, an affiliate of pipe and tubing distributor Marmon/Keystone LLC, has opened its ninth metal service center.

  • Steel shipments rise as output falls: MSCI Apr 15, 2014

    North American steel service centers’ shipments rose in March as production problems and lingering weather-related logistic disruptions hampered output from mills.

  • Aluminum centers' shipments climb in March Apr 15, 2014

    North American service centers’ aluminum shipments spiked in March, although inventory levels were relatively stable.

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