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  • US, Canadian stainless steel shipments rise in April: MSCI May 20, 2014

    North American service center shipments of stainless steel saw further gains in April, according to the latest Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) data, indicating a market benefiting from increased demand that has led major domestic producers to raise base prices twice in the past three months.

  • Chinese metal firms may have obtained US data May 20, 2014

    Some of China’s biggest metal firms, as well as a Chinese nuclear power company, may have gained access to confidential information both from competitors and joint-venture partners in the United States that allegedly was stolen by Chinese military hackers.

  • Worthington to expand cab unit in SC May 20, 2014

    Worthington Industries Inc. is planning a $2.5-million expansion at the South Carolina manufacturing operations of its engineered cabs unit.

  • Union Electric Steel names Carson sales, marketing vp May 19, 2014

    Union Electric Steel Corp. has hired Mark A. Carson as vice president of sales and marketing of global operations, the forged and cast roll manufacturer said May 19.

  • Boeing’s Muilenburg to skip Russian forum May 19, 2014

    Boeing Co. vice chairman, president and chief operating officer Dennis A. Muilenburg won’t attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum hosted by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

  • Composites could capture more of aero: Boeing May 19, 2014

    Aluminum alloys will remain key for commercial airplane manufacturers, although composite materials are likely to capture additional market share in the long term, especially if producers of composites are able to reduce overall costs, according to an executive at Boeing Co.

  • US metal firms said targets of Chinese spying May 19, 2014

    Chinese hackers allegedly have stolen sensitive economic data from U.S. metal companies, including U.S. Steel Corp. and Alcoa Inc.

  • Heard tapped to lead Gibraltar May 19, 2014

    Gibraltar Industries Inc. has named Frank Heard president and chief executive officer, the company said.

  • Labor board rules against Boeing in union squabble May 16, 2014

    The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Boeing Co. committed unfair labor practices by photographing and videotaping members of its largest white-collar union during “solidarity events” at the company’s facilities.

  • Flat-rolled prices mixed but demand stays firm May 16, 2014

    Prices for flat-rolled steel products were mixed this past week despite overall demand that was said to be robust, which was backed by stronger distributor shipment data for April.

  • Correction: Diez, Steel Technologies team on blanking May 16, 2014

    Due to a reporting error, Diez Group LLC’s and Gerald Diez Jr.’s names were spelled incorrectly in a story in the May 16 issue.

  • Dynacast back in the black in 1st quarter May 16, 2014

    Dynacast International Inc. returned to profitability in the first quarter due in part to increased demand for consumer electronics.

  • GM sees aluminum usage increasing May 16, 2014

    General Motors Co. expects aluminum usage in mass-market vehicles to increase significantly over the next decade, although it is still learning how to work with the material on a "massive scale," a technical fellow in the company’s global manufacturing engineering unit said.

  • Empire Resources earnings up sharply on higher sales May 16, 2014

    Empire Resources Inc.’s earnings soared in the first quarter on the back of higher sales, particularly to Latin America.

  • Diez, Steel Technologies team on blanking May 15, 2014

    Diez Group LLC and Steel Technologies LLC have formed a joint venture operating as Delaco Kasle Processing Indiana LLC to sell and process aluminum and steel coils and blanks for the automotive, appliance and agricultural industries.

  • Aluminum extruders eye auto, solar growth May 15, 2014

    U.S. aluminum extruders remain upbeat about the prospects for increased demand in 2014, but concerns persist for sectors that continue to feel the impact of the 2008 economic downturn, including building construction, panelists at AMM’s Aluminum Summit in Philadelphia said.

  • Steel to remain king of hill in automotive: SDMI May 15, 2014

    Steel will remain the material of choice for cars and trucks as advanced high-strength steels increasingly gain traction among automakers, sometimes at the expense of competing materials such as aluminum, Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) executives said in an interview.

  • Carbon fiber use said benefiting Alcoa May 14, 2014

    Alcoa Inc. expects to benefit from the increased use of composite materials in the aerospace sector due to the company’s strong position in fastening systems and propulsion technology, according to executive vice president and chief financial officer William F. Oplinger.

  • Aerodyne Alloys hires inside sales rep May 14, 2014

    Specialty alloys distributor Aerodyne Alloys LLC has hired Sharon Gantenbein as an inside sales representative.

  • Funding problems stalling infrastructure, Mendez says May 14, 2014

    Uncertainties about federal funding levels are stalling substantial infrastructure projects across the United States, according to a top Transportation Department official.

  • Supply impact of auto’s southern drive eyed May 14, 2014

    The North American automotive supply chain could be rocked by the industry’s changing demographics over the next decade, one industry consultant said.

  • GM design team wins SMDI award May 14, 2014

    The design team for General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks has won the Steel Market Development Institute’s (SMDI’s) annual Automotive Excellence Award.

  • Former Paragon Steel exec Doug Carpenter dies May 14, 2014

    Douglas A. Carpenter, former president of the Paragon Steel unit of Paragon Plus Inc., died May 6. He was 58.

  • PCC invests $30M to integrate Timet operations May 13, 2014

    Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC) is investing $30 million to facilitate the integration of Titanium Metals Corp. (Timet) melted product into the parent company’s downstream processing operations, according to PCC’s top executive.

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