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Drawing a hard-line – Breaking the cycle of imported pipe & tube

Drawing a hard-line – Breaking the cycle of imported pipe & tube

On April 19th 2017, an investigation into Section 232 was initiated by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to analyze reports of excess global steel production and capacity – especially outside the United States through foreign government subsidies. With a decline in the U.S. Steel capacity utilization from 77.5% in 2014, to 71% in 2016 and excess capacity in the global steel marketplace, Mr. Ross determined that a study was necessary for further review.

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Choosing a Design-build Partner

When choosing a design-build partner you have to strategically put the pieces of the puzzle together and create a team that can decide on that one single source that can provide products that delivers quality you can trust, a company that has a team of structural and geotechnical engineers that can provide technical expertise to every project, in-house metallurgists and brings value added services to meet your project’s every need.

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U.S. steel consumption and the decrease in demand

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Total Construction Spending Nonresidential FRED St. Louis Fed
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John Ferriola, CEO of steel producer, Nucor Corp., recently said, “growth in American steel demand won’t be enough to reverse U.S. steelmakers’ misery until regulators do a better job of halting imports of the metal that domestic producers say are unfairly traded.”

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August ABI Shows Slight Decrease in Design Services

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According to a press release from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for August showed a slowing in design services. The 49.1 score illustrated a decline after three consecutive months of positive scores (scores above 50). July’s ABI score was 54.7.

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Import OCTG Continues the Onslaught

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Imports as a Percentage of Consumption
OCTG Market Share Import vs. Domestic Shipments

Over the past couple of weeks, the Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) markets have started showing positive signs:  the rig count has apparently reached bottom, inventory levels appear to be in better shape, and import shipments seem to be declining.

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