Zekelman Perspective

Welcome to the Zekelman Industries blog of industry info and news about Zekelman products.

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

worldsteel outlook
Total Construction Spending Nonresidential FRED St. Louis Fed
Construction Starts

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


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

Import Shipments into the US
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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How Illegally Traded Imports are Destroying Domestic Manufacturing: An Interview with Zekelman Industries President, David Seeger

In light of the battle over whether to pass the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in the Senate last week and the impending battle in the House of Representatives quickly approaching, I sat down with Zekelman Industries President and newly appointed Chairman of the Committee on Pipe and Tube Imports, David Seeger, to gain more insight into a debate that’s keeping all of us on our toes. The debate over “FAIR” trade and what will happen when the TPA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are passed into law, specifically how it will affect domestic manufacturers. 

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