Supply Chain

  • Boeing winnowing list of suitors for 777X site Dec 18, 2013

    Boeing Co. said it is advancing its effort to pick a site for production of the new version of its 777 airliner amid a breakdown in talks with union officials to keep the program in Washington state.

  • Ford vehicle launches may curb production Dec 18, 2013

    Ford Motor Co.’s North American assembly lines might be constrained at times during 2014 as it begins producing 16 new or refreshed vehicles, according to the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker.

  • Quanex ponders Nichols sale amid low prices Dec 18, 2013

    Quanex Building Products Corp. would consider selling its Nichols Aluminum LLC subsidiary for the right price, given low aluminum prices and after a November fire at its Decatur, Ala., plant proved more serious than initially disclosed.

  • Quanex hit by weak window demand Dec 18, 2013

    Quanex Building Products Corp. bled red ink in its fiscal year ended Oct. 31 as improved construction activity failed to translate into better demand for the company’s aluminum window and door components.

  • Aluminum boat builder to construct new plant in NC Dec 18, 2013

    Welded aluminum boat manufacturer Armstrong Marine Inc. plans to open a production plant near Swansboro, N.C.

  • Mold company expanding to Indiana Dec 18, 2013

    Automotive industry supplier Sapp Inc. will locate a die cast mold repair and rebuilding plant in Edinburgh, Ind.

  • Aisin earmarks $53.8 million to grow Tenn. die casting unit Dec 17, 2013

    Aisin Holdings of America Inc. will invest $53.8 million in its Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. subsidiary.

  • Novelis to boost capacity in Europe, US Dec 17, 2013

    Novelis Inc. plans to spend $205 million to boost automotive capacity in North America and Europe.

  • Nucor, Encana temporarily halt drilling Dec 17, 2013

    Nucor Corp. is temporarily suspending drilling in its natural gas working interest drilling program with Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Canada’s Encana Corp., due to weak natural gas prices.

  • Synalloy faces loss due to labor inefficiencies Dec 17, 2013

    Synalloy Corp. expects to post a fourth-quarter loss as labor efficiencies fell “well below profitable levels” at its fabrication subsidiaries after the company doubled staff to handle a growing backlog.

  • Noble Energy planning to spend $4.8B Dec 17, 2013

    Noble Energy Inc. is planning capital expenditures of $4.8 billion in 2014, with 70 percent allocated to U.S. onshore projects and 30 percent to global deepwater activities.

  • Pembina sets $1.9B pipeline plan Dec 17, 2013

    Pembina Pipeline Corp., Calgary, Alberta, has reached binding commercial agreements to proceed with pipeline expansions valued at about Canadian $2 billion ($1.9 billion).

  • Kinder Morgan to build $300M pipeline Dec 17, 2013

    A subsidiary of Houston-based Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP has signed a letter of intent with Nova Chemicals Corp., Calgary, Alberta, to build and operate a 210-mile, 10-inch-diameter pipeline

  • Hoffman resigns from Klockner USA Dec 17, 2013

    Michael Hoffman, vice chairman of Klockner USA Holding Inc., has resigned from the company effective the end of this month, just shy of two years after Klockner’s acquisition of Macsteel Group’s North American operations.

  • Former CDA Metals leader, MSCI director Coulson dies Dec 17, 2013

    Jimmie T.G. Coulson, a longtime leader of metals processor and distributor Coeur d’Alene’s Co., has died, aged 80.

  • Hoffman to step down as Klockner vice chair Dec 16, 2013

    Michael Hoffman, vice chairman of Klockner USA Holding Inc., will resign his current post effective Dec. 31.

  • Airbus deal lifts Alcoa’s share of aero products Dec 16, 2013

    Alcoa Inc.’s $110-million forgings supply agreement with Airbus SAS gives the aluminum producer a larger share of some major commercial aircraft programs.

  • Aluminum shipments increase in November Dec 16, 2013

    U.S. service center shipments trended upward in November vs. the same month last year, marking the third month in a row of year-over-year gains.

  • US, Canada steel shipments drop in November Dec 16, 2013

    As service centers close out the year’s steel purchases and contemplate demand for the first quarter of 2014, a few say they are building inventory ahead of both higher orders and price increases while most others are staying the course and keeping inventories low.

  • Piping Technology cited for 7 alleged safety violations Dec 16, 2013

    Piping Technology & Products Inc. is facing $199,800 in penalties after a worker was struck by a broken die piece on a mechanical press at the company’s Houston facility.

  • Alcoa signs $110M accord with Airbus for aero forgings Dec 16, 2013

    Alcoa Inc. has signed a long-term, $110-million supply agreement with Airbus SAS for titanium and aluminum aerospace forgings.

  • Ford to launch 16 vehicles in North America next year Dec 16, 2013

    Ford Motor Co. will launch 23 new vehicles worldwide in 2014, which will require additional staffing in the United States and the construction of manufacturing plants abroad.

  • Metalformers expect stronger 1st quarter Dec 13, 2013

    Metalforming companies expect an upswing in business conditions during the first quarter of next year, according to the Precision Metalforming Association’s (PMA's) December business conditions survey.

  • Steel Technologies' Carlos von Rossum Garza to retire Dec 13, 2013

    Steel Technologies de Mexico SA de CV president Carlos von Rossum Garza will retire March 1 after 20 years of leadership.

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