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  • Severe winter takes shine off Jan. auto sales Feb 04, 2014

    The severe weather that has hammered much of the United States this winter chilled auto sales in January.

  • Import duties on magnets to remain in place Feb 04, 2014

    The Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) have determined that revocation of anti-dumping duty orders on raw flexible magnets from China and Taiwan would likely lead to a continuation or recurrence of dumping and material injury to the U.S. industry.

  • Stainless wholesaler sued over invoices Feb 03, 2014

    A Pennsylvania stainless steel wholesaler is being sued for allegedly failing to pay invoices for stainless steel sheet and coil purchase orders, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania.

  • State Dept. report seen helping Keystone XL Feb 03, 2014

    Pipe and tube market participants expect the U.S. State Department’s final supplemental environmental impact statement on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to spur support for the project and potentially lead to its approval.

  • Tampa Port rebrands, but steel still core Feb 03, 2014

    The Port of Tampa has a new name, a new logo and a newly launched rebranding effort—one keyed to capitalize on the "sweet spot" location of what now goes by the name Port Tampa Bay, only a short trip by ship to Mexico and the closest U.S. port to the Panama Canal.

  • PMI down in Jan. as manufacturing slowed Feb 03, 2014

    Manufacturing activity continued to expand in January but at a less-frenetic pace, according to one key measure, with a number of manufacturers citing the severe winter weather.

  • OCTG prices hit low, but distributors upbeat Feb 03, 2014

    Oil country tubular goods (OCTG) distributors are more optimistic this year despite prices falling to multiyear lows in January.

  • Keystone XL pipeline clears State Dept. hurdle Jan 31, 2014

    The U.S. State Department has no significant concerns about TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, according to an assessment released Jan. 31.

  • Demand driving CarTech to lift Ti fastener stock capacity Jan 31, 2014

    Carpenter Technology Corp. plans to add 400,000 pounds of titanium finishing capacity in a move that is expected to boost its role in aerospace fasteners.

  • CarTech’s Sunil Y. Widge set to retire Jan 31, 2014

    Sunil Y. Widge is retiring from Carpenter Technology Corp. after nearly 40 years with the specialty steel and alloy producer.

  • Rain impacts Windimurra FeV output, sales Jan 31, 2014

    Atlantic Ltd.’s ferrovanadium production has been impacted by delayed maintenance at its Windimurra facility in Australia, which experienced a “major rain event” in late January, the company said in its latest quarterly production report.

  • Ball eyes extruded aluminum growth Jan 31, 2014

    Ball Corp. plans to continue expanding its extruded aluminum business “both organically and inorganically, via acquisition,” according to its top executive.

  • ATI sponge plant closure seen a non-issue Jan 31, 2014

    Allegheny Technologies Inc.’s (ATI’s) permanent closure of its Albany, Ore., titanium sponge plant is seen having little impact on the market, industry sources said, as ATI’s newer Utah plant sponge facility continues to pursue premium-grade qualification.

  • Boeing foresees smoother output of commercial jets Jan 31, 2014

    Boeing Co. expects fewer production risks after establishing cutting-edge technologies, such as the composites used to build the company’s 787 Dreamliner.

  • CarTech’s earnings fall on weaker aero, energy sales Jan 30, 2014

    Carpenter Technology Corp. sees "positive signs of growth" in its energy and aerospace end markets, president and chief executive officer William A. Wulfsohn said.

  • Metal shipments delayed by severe weather Jan 30, 2014

    Snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures have delayed metal product shipments by up to five days in some regions, especially around the Great Lakes, and transportation and logistics companies expect they won’t be able to make up for lost business due to customer facility closures.

  • New F-150 will mean longer summer shutdowns at Ford Jan 30, 2014

    Ford Motor Co. will shut down two U.S. plants for a combined 13 weeks this summer, executives said during the automaker’s Jan. 28 earnings conference call.

  • ThyssenKrupp nixes open house Jan 30, 2014

    ThyssenKrupp Materials NA Inc. has canceled a Jan. 30 open house for its new service center in Woodstock, Ala., due to extreme weather conditions in the area.

  • Aluar to keep receiving gas amid contract negotiations Jan 29, 2014

    Aluminio Argentino Saic (Aluar), Argentina’s sole primary aluminum producer, will continue receiving its usual gas supply from Pan American Energy LLC (PAE) as the two companies negotiate tariffs.

  • Mexico service centers see demand picking up Jan 29, 2014

    This year looks bright for Mexican steel service centers, underscored by strong demand in the automotive, aerospace and energy sectors, as some try to remain upbeat after a 2013 that was less than rosy.

  • Metals mixed on State of the Union address Jan 29, 2014

    Expectations among the nation’s metals and manufacturing sectors that President Obama, in his fifth State of the Union address, would announce and set in motion a game plan targeting their shared objectives in the international trade, energy, tax, infrastructure and environmental arenas were modest at best. And they were met.

  • Winter storm puts some operations on ice Jan 29, 2014

    A major winter storm has caused metal production outages, port closures and a reported overall reduction in trading activity across the South and Midwest.

  • Mining equipment sales to fall in ’14: Caterpillar Jan 29, 2014

    Sales of heavy-duty, high-capacity trucks and other mining equipment continue to lag as miners squeeze more production out of existing assets and are slow to invest in replacements—and it’s hard to say how long the trend will persist, Caterpillar Inc. executives said during a Jan. 27 earnings conference call.

  • Alliance Steel expanding into northern Ala. Jan 29, 2014

    Alliance Steel LLC plans to open a service center in Decatur, Ala., to strengthen its presence in the region.

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