Supply Chain

  • Crude oil train derails in N. Dakota; no injuries Dec 31, 2013

    A train transporting crude oil derailed Dec. 30 near Casselton, N.D., causing fiery explosions but no injuries, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department told AMM.

  • 777 a major step for Héroux-Devtek Dec 31, 2013

    A contract to build the landing gear for Boeing Co.’s 777 is the biggest part of Héroux-Devtek Inc.’s strategy to focus on this segment of the aerospace industry.

  • Rail groups support stricter standards Dec 30, 2013

    Class I and short-line railroads, tank car builders and other groups are backing a proposed rule to improve the safety of rail tank cars that carry flammable materials, particularly petroleum products.

  • Metalformers sense irregular growth Dec 24, 2013

    Many precision metal stampers, roll formers and fabricators are capitalizing on pockets of strength in the industrial economy and searching for new growth opportunities as they gaze into 2014.

  • US manufacturing’s return poses logistics challenges Dec 24, 2013

    While the return of manufacturing capacity to North America is shortening supply chains that used to stretch to Asia, it is also beginning to highlight the inefficiency of transportation and logistics even among North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) countries.

  • Roadrunner Steel installing new slitter at Arizona plant Dec 24, 2013

    Roadrunner Steel Inc. plans to install a slitting line at its processing and distribution facility in Glendale, Ariz., vice president Jim Russell said.

  • Whirlpool moving some production to Ohio Dec 24, 2013

    Whirlpool Corp. will move production of its commercial front-load washing machines to Clyde, Ohio, from Monterrey, Mexico.

  • Pa. court upholds challenge to Act 13 Dec 23, 2013

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has found sections of Act 13, a law that governs oil and gas exploration in the state, unconstitutional.

  • New crude oil rail terminal to be built in Alberta Dec 23, 2013

    Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and Imperial Oil Ltd. have announced a joint venture to build a $170-million crude oil rail-loading facility in Strathcona County, Alberta.

  • Globalization among challenges for distributors Dec 23, 2013

    Michael Hoffman, outgoing vice chairman of Klockner USA Holding Inc., recalled the best and worst of times in managing an enterprise in North America.

  • Market cautious but upbeat after Mexico energy reform Dec 23, 2013

    The energy reform passed by Mexico’s legislature in mid-December has brought cautious optimism to the energy tubulars market.

  • Keystone XL pipeline still seen vital to market Dec 23, 2013

    TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline remains a pivotal event in the energy tubulars market, according to most sources, even after the head of a natural resources company recently claimed that U.S. shippers no longer need the line.

  • JCI works to reduce auto dependence Dec 20, 2013

    Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) has forecast a 3-percent increase in net sales in fiscal 2014 as the company looks to rebalance its portfolio of businesses in an effort to lessen dependence on the automotive sector.

  • Acquisition propels Shiloh to higher earnings, sales Dec 20, 2013

    Shiloh Industries Inc. generated higher earnings and sales and in its fiscal fourth quarter due in part to the rapid integration of aluminum die casting assets.

  • Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline gets OK Dec 20, 2013

    Enbridge Inc.’s proposed Canadian $6.5-billion ($6.1-billion) Northern Gateway pipeline has been approved by a joint panel convened by Canada’s National Energy Board.

  • Chesapeake Appalachia paying $9.7M to settle case Dec 20, 2013

    Chesapeake Appalachia LLC has agreed to spend $6.5 million to restore 27 sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands from fracking sites in West Virginia, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Department announced.

  • Navistar International trims net loss despite lower sales Dec 20, 2013

    Truck and engine manufacturer Navistar International Corp. remained in the red in its fiscal fourth quarter due primarily to lower sales across all business segments as the company transitioned to a new emissions strategy.

  • Boeing taps Muilenburg president Dec 20, 2013

    Boeing Co. has promoted Dennis A. Muilenburg, head of its defense division, to vice chairman, president and chief operating officer, effective Dec. 31.

  • Ducommun appoints president Dec 20, 2013

    Ducommun Inc. has named Joel H. Benkie president.

  • Midwest Materials’ Robbins elected to lead ASD in 2014 Dec 20, 2013

    Brian D. Robbins, newly elected president of the Association of Steel Distributors (ASD), is looking to promote the relevance of a close-knit trade group in an increasingly technology-oriented world and increase membership during his tenure.

  • Worthington profit curbed by write-off Dec 19, 2013

    Worthington Industries Inc.’s net income slipped in its fiscal second quarter due in part to non-cash, pretax impairment charges of $30.7 million related to the write-off of certain trade name assets in connection with a rebranding initiative.

  • Distributors’ stainless shipments down in Nov. Dec 19, 2013

    U.S. service center shipments of stainless steel dipped in November, according to the latest Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) data.

  • Holiday notice Dec 19, 2013

    AMM’s offices will be closed Jan. 1 for the New Year holiday, and no issue will be published Jan. 2.

  • Majestic Steel USA purchase expands reach in Southwest Dec 19, 2013

    Service center Majestic Steel USA Inc. has completed the acquisition of Flatrolled Steel Inc., expanding its reach to the Southwest.

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