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  • Service center industry vet Mike Padden dies Jan 21, 2014

    Steel industry veteran Richard Michael Padden, owner and president of Midwest Associates Inc., has died after a brief illness. He was 94.

  • ITC sees magnet imports hurting US Jan 21, 2014

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that revocation of a countervailing duty order on raw flexible magnets from China and an anti-dumping duty order on the same product from China and Taiwan would likely lead to a continuation or recurrence of material injury to the domestic industry.

  • HSS demand said to be strengthening Jan 21, 2014

    There was optimism for hollow structural sections (HSS) demand as several domestic mills announced $20-per-ton increases over the past few days, but market participants questioned whether coil prices will hold up to support the increase.

  • Metals demand expected to grow in early 2014: Fed Jan 21, 2014

    Metal suppliers and consumers in four Federal Reserve Bank districts have forecast a modest uptick in business activity during the first quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s current economic conditions report, known as the Beige Book.

  • Air quality agency sues Exide for $40M Jan 21, 2014

    The South Coast Air Quality Management District is asking Los Angeles Superior Court to impose up to $40 million in penalties on Exide Technologies Ltd. for numerous alleged air quality violations at its Vernon, Calif., lead smelting facility.

  • Aurubis Buffalo boosting strip product prices Jan 21, 2014

    Aurubis Buffalo Inc. will increase its fabrication prices on connector strip products, including plated strip, traverse wound packaging, thin gauge and narrow-width items, effective with March orders due to the higher costs associated with producing and servicing the material.

  • US land rigs will rise in 2014: Halliburton Jan 21, 2014

    Drilling equipment provider Halliburton Co. is projecting a slight increase in the domestic land rig count in 2014.

  • Metal fabricators said wary of rules, health care Jan 21, 2014

    Despite some positive developments in the U.S. economy, metal fabricators are worried about the impact of increased government regulation and changing health-care laws.

  • PCC taps scrap streams with SOS deal Jan 17, 2014

    Precision Castparts Corp.’s (PCC’s) acquisition of titanium and aluminum scrap recycler SOS Metals Inc. is another step in an aerospace industry drive to “close the loop”.

  • Health-care law will impact small firms Jan 17, 2014

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) likely will impact small, low-wage employers most in the near term, while large companies won’t see any effect until probably 2018, according to an industry expert.

  • New technologies offer risks—and rewards Jan 17, 2014

    New manufacturing technologies will provide challenges and opportunities for the metals industry, according to manufacturing futurist Jack Uldrich.

  • Commerce confirms circumvention ruling Jan 17, 2014

    The Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) has issued a final determination confirming its preliminary ruling in July that uncovered innerspring units from China completed and assembled in Malaysia by Reztec Industries Sdn Bhd and exported to the United States were circumventing an existing anti-dumping duty on the product.

  • Barge project in Northwest seen hiking plate demand Jan 17, 2014

    Construction of an oceangoing barge in the Pacific Northwest later this year will bolster a sagging marine backlog at Greenbrier Cos. and require a significant amount of steel plate.

  • MSCI told new technology will drive competitiveness Jan 17, 2014

    Technological innovation is making business conditions more competitive and metal companies must adapt in order to thrive, according to technology consultant Scott Klososky.

  • PCC buys Calif. aerospace recycler Jan 16, 2014

    Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC) has acquired scrap recycler SOS Metals Inc., continuing its consolidation of the aerospace supply chain.

  • Distributor steel inventories seen staying lean Jan 16, 2014

    U.S. and Canadian steel service center data was mixed in December, with lower shipments month over month but higher inventory levels, according to the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI).

  • Steel unfazed by auto aluminum gains Jan 16, 2014

    The steel industry remains upbeat about the continued viability of steel use in automotive manufacturing despite a noticeable increase in the use of aluminum alloys and carbon fiber, according to Lawrence W. Kavanagh, president of the Steel Market Development Institute, Washington.

  • Aluminum shipments off but market upbeat Jan 16, 2014

    U.S. service center aluminum shipments were off slightly last year compared with 2012, although gains in the second half of the year—including December—offset first-half weakness and suggest better times in 2014, service center sources and industry analysts said.

  • ITC keeps duties on cast iron pipe fitting imports Jan 16, 2014

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted unanimously Jan. 16 that revoking an anti-dumping duty order on non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings from China would likely lead to a continuation or recurrence of material injury to the domestic industry, so the duty order will remain in place.

  • ANH Refractories appoints top exececutive Jan 16, 2014

    ANH Refractories Co. has named Stephen M. Delo chairman and chief executive officer.

  • Commerce issues ruling on appliance shelving imports Jan 16, 2014

    In the final results of an anti-dumping duty administrative review of imports of kitchen appliance shelving and racks from China from Sept. 1, 2011, to Aug. 31, 2012, the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) has issued New King Shan (Zhu Hai) Co. Ltd. a weighted-average dumping margin of zero.

  • Rail crash headlines said to mask overall safety statistics Jan 16, 2014

    Recent accidents involving railroad tank cars carrying petroleum products have grabbed headlines, obscuring the safety improvements that North American railroads have achieved over time, rail industry participants said.

  • ITC schedules investigation into steel tie wire imports Jan 15, 2014

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has scheduled a final-phase anti-dumping duty investigation on prestressed concrete steel rail tie wire from China, Mexico and Thailand.

  • Fed mulls options for banks in commodities Jan 15, 2014

    The U.S. Federal Reserve has announced a consultation on the role of banks in physical commodities ahead of a second Senate hearing. If the comments received resemble those presented at a previous hearing, it could signal the forced exit of banks from physical commodities.

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