Supply Chain

  • Ford shuts plant in prep for F-150 production Aug 25, 2014

    Ford Motor Co. has temporarily closed its Dearborn, Mich.-based truck assembly plant as the company prepares to install equipment designed to manufacture its aluminum-intensive 2015 F-150 pickup truck.

  • Empire Industries’ earnings, sales jump Aug 25, 2014

    Empire Industries Ltd.’s earnings and sales jumped in the second quarter on more profitable bookings in its steel fabrication segment.

  • Carlyle Group closes buy of stake in trader Traxys Group Aug 25, 2014

    Carlyle Group LP and associated investors have completed the acquisition of a majority stake in physical metals trader and logistics company Traxys Group.

  • Energy plants lift construction index in July Aug 22, 2014

    Energy-related plant construction helped push a key domestic building index up 6 percent in July.

  • Mercedes swaps aluminum pistons for steel Aug 22, 2014

    German automaker Mercedes-Benz will replace aluminum pistons with high-tech steel pistons in one of its diesel passenger vehicles starting in September.

  • Ex-PSL North America chief Vaill joins Trinity Industries Aug 22, 2014

    Former PSL North America LLC chief executive officer Brian Vaill is now a vice president at Trinity Industries Inc., according to his LinkedIn profile.

  • Resilience Capital invests in Hynes Industries Aug 22, 2014

    Resilience Capital Partners, a Cleveland-based private equity firm, has invested in Hynes Industries Inc. and Hynes Kokomo LLC.Detailed terms and the amount of the investment were not disclosed.

  • Canadian rail car builder hiring workers Aug 21, 2014

    National Steel Car Ltd., Canada’s only rail car builder, is boosting employment, spurred by its recent entry into tank cars and rising demand for its traditional lines of freight cars.

  • Bombardier appoints Aerostructures chief Aug 21, 2014

    Bombardier Inc. has named a 33-year veteran of the Canadian aerospace industry to oversee development of both its metals and non-metallic structures.

  • US extruders cheer Barstow project delay Aug 21, 2014

    U.S. aluminum extruders applauded news that a proposed $1.5-billion secondary aluminum manufacturing facility in Barstow, Calif., is unlikely to come to fruition, citing domestic capacity restrictions and widespread concern over the project’s funding sources.

  • Vann to receive annual award from Nadca Aug 21, 2014

    Die casting industry veteran Jack Vann will receive the North American Die Casting Association’s (Nadca’s) annual award for outstanding contributions to the industry.

  • Nucor facility adds automated fence post system Aug 21, 2014

    Arnold Machine Inc. has built an automated system to cut, paint and bundle fence posts at Nucor Corp.’s mill in Plymouth, Utah.

  • Abakan seeks $7.5M to fund business plan Aug 21, 2014

    Abakan Inc. is looking to garner $7.5 million from a private offering of up to 18.75 million shares in order to support ongoing operations, retire outstanding debt and bolster product development.

  • Nasmyth expands into US with deal for metal finisher Aug 20, 2014

    Nasmyth Group Ltd. has expanded into the United States with the acquisition of aerospace specialist Technical Metal Finishing Inc.

  • Fire erupts at Alexandria’s Ind. extrusion facility Aug 20, 2014

    A pre-dawn fire erupted Aug. 19 at Alexandria Extrusion MidAmerica’s facility in Indianapolis.

  • Kennametal’s top executive to retire Aug 20, 2014

    Kennametal Inc. chairman, president and chief executive officer Carlos Cardoso will retire effective Dec. 31, the company said.

  • Expliseat wins award for light airline seat Aug 20, 2014

    Expliseat SAS has won the International Titanium Association’s (ITA’s) application development award for a new commercial airline seat that the company claims weighs one-third the amount of conventional seats.

  • Evans Industries’ deal adds to nonferrous foundry reach Aug 20, 2014

    Private equity firm Evans Industries Inc. has acquired Meloon Foundries Inc. after the owners of the nonferrous foundry chose to retire from the business.

  • Evermetal sued for allegedly failing to pay fees Aug 19, 2014

    A California freight forwarding company has sued a major containerized scrap exporter for allegedly failing to pay overdue fees.

  • A.M. Castle's credit rating outlook cut Aug 19, 2014

    A.M. Castle & Co.’s credit rating outlook has been lowered to negative from stable by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P), which cited weak operating results and potential refinancing risk.

  • Hitachi Metals to acquire Waupaca Foundry Aug 19, 2014

    Hitachi Metals Ltd. has agreed to acquire Waupaca Foundry Inc., the world’s largest supplier of iron castings, from private equity firm KPS Capital Partners LP for $1.3 billion.

  • Dynacast earnings soar on stronger second-qtr. sales Aug 19, 2014

    Zinc and aluminum die cast producer Dynacast International Inc. reported improved second-quarter results on a strong performance in North America and Europe, particularly a recovery in southern Europe and strong sales at its operations in Germany and the United Kingdom.

  • US, Canadian stainless shipments rise again Aug 18, 2014

    North American stainless steel shipments continued to show strength in July, according to the latest Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) data, although distributor sources told AMM there have been some signs of softening end-market demand.

  • Boeing weighs boosting 737 output Aug 18, 2014

    Continuing strong demand for Boeing Co.’s 737 is spurring its builder to consider yet another increase in the airliner’s production rate, which would mean still-greater demand for aerospace aluminum alloy plate.

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