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6 Injured In Explosion At Tenn. Steel Mill

May 16, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

Knoxville Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran told local media outlets that one worker was in critical condition with burns over 80 percent of his body. He says the others suffered less severe injuries.          

Police Say 9 Hurt In Collapse At Md. Steel Mill Site

May 5, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

Federal, state and county officials are investigating after a building collapse at the former Sparrows Point steel mill in Baltimore County that injured nine workers, four of them critically.          

Shooting Flames, Smoke At Ohio Steel Plant

April 29, 2014 11:33 am | News | Comments

Residents near the AK Steel Middletown Works plant complained Monday evening of oily, acrid smells, The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reported.                  

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Mill Steel Plans New Plant In Indiana

April 28, 2014 2:11 pm | News | Comments

Mill Steel Co. plans to open a flat-rolled steel plant at southern Indiana's Ohio River port that company officials say could have about 45 workers by 2017.                 

U.S. Rules Against Turkey, Mexico In Steel Dispute

April 22, 2014 7:55 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama administration sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute, ruling that imported steel reinforcing bar from Mexico and Turkey unfairly undercuts U.S. prices.       

Mining Deaths Up In 2013

April 11, 2014 3:12 pm | News | Comments

Federal mine safety officials say the number of mining deaths in the nation totaled 42 in 2013, up six from the previous year.                      

U.S. Steel Idles Indiana Mill

April 7, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

U.S. Steel has temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off the mill's access to vital iron ore.               

Falling Crane Kills 1 At Michigan Steel Facility

April 4, 2014 3:12 pm | News | Comments

Police say a worker has died after a crane fell at a U.S. Steel facility in suburban Detroit.                              

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Alcoa Keeping 750 Jobs At N.Y. Plant

April 1, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. will keep hundreds of jobs at one of its two plants in northern New York in a deal with the state announced two days after the company shut down the other facility.               

U.S. Claims Victory In Trade Dispute With China

March 26, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is claiming victory in what it calls a major trade dispute with China over its curbs on exports of rare earths, the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs and other high-tech products.        

Severstal Plant Could Be Allowed To Release More Toxins

March 11, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

A Detroit-area steel plant would be allowed to release higher amounts of toxins under a revised permit that would bring its allowed emissions more in line with what the facility actually sends into the air.          

Meyer Tool Expanding S.C. Operations With $5 Million Investment

March 4, 2014 11:49 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Meyer Tool Inc. (MTI), a high-tech supplier to the gas turbine industry, will more than triple its manufacturing operations near Greenville, S.C., with an initial $5 million investment that will add at least 50 new jobs to the production.

Durable Goods Orders Fall In January

February 27, 2014 9:40 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

But a key category that reflects business investment rebounded on the strength of demand for electronics and fabricated metals.                      

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High-Tech Mich. Hub Could Create 10,000 Manufacturing Jobs

February 24, 2014 9:57 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The White House announced Sunday the The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), set to open this spring in metro Detroit. It’s the latest hub in the Obama administration’s National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), and it’s expected to bring 10,000 jobs to the region within the next five years.

Pa. Firms Expect Gas Boom To Help Manufacturing

February 24, 2014 8:06 am | by Timothy Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Drillers, business leaders and politicians are hoping the natural gas boom is so big that it brings life to Pittsburgh's stagnant manufacturing sector. The rush of gas from the Marcellus shale and other formations can provide cheap fuel for a renaissance in domestic plastic- and steelmaking.

Alcoa Cultivates Manufacturing Education In Southern Calif.

February 21, 2014 10:49 am | by SME Education Foundation | News | Comments

Nurturing students’ innate creative abilities and setting them on a pathway to prosperity with upgraded skills and a broader range of knowledge, doesn’t just “happen.” Alcoa Foundation, New York, N.Y. has pledged $220,000 to support PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education), a community-based approach to manufacturing education.

5 Ways China's Slowdown Will Ripple Across Globe

February 11, 2014 8:06 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Growth has marched steadily downward over the past two years as Beijing clamped down on a spending boom that analysts worry has pushed debt to dangerous levels. That has meant less Chinese demand for imported goods from copper and cement to factory machinery and earth movers.

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal Sees Sales Up In 2014

February 7, 2014 8:39 am | News | Comments

ArcelorMittal SA, the world's largest steelmaker, says it expects shipments of steel and iron ore to rise in 2014 as recoveries in the US and Europe will matter more than slowing growth in emerging markets. While reporting fourth-quarter earnings, the company said it expects global steel consumption to grow 3.5 percent in 2014.

Bringing Big Steel’s ‘Mini-Mill’ To Solar

January 30, 2014 1:39 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Silicor Materials, in many ways, is turning inward to implement the necessary practices rather than simply trying to respond to volatile markets. In order to make that possible, the company is implementing some philosophies most often seen in another industry altogether: the foundries of Big Steel, which has a long history of adopting new technology and ways of thinking to improve margins and stay in business.

High Court Rules Against Steelworkers' Claim

January 28, 2014 8:41 am | News | Comments

The court was unanimous Monday in ruling in favor of United States Steel Corp. over workers' claims that they should be paid under the terms of federal labor law for the time it takes them to put on flame-retardant jackets and pants, safety glasses, earplugs, hardhats and other equipment.

Agency Clears Way For $1B Steel Mill Construction

January 27, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission lifted a stay on an air permit for the $1.1 billion Big River Steel plant near Osceola. The stay was imposed when rival steel-maker Nucor Corp. objected to the issuance of an air permit last year by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Steel Manufacturing Plant Planned For Alabama

January 22, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

A steel company based in suburban-Chicago is planning to open a plant in the Athens area. The Decatur Daily reports Nexus AG Holdings is buying a 300,000 square-foot building from Calhoun Community College and Alliance Steel will put a steel coil company in the building.

Sandvik, Inc. Announces $12 Million S.C. Expansion

January 21, 2014 2:21 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

Sandvik, Inc., manufacturer of carbide inserts for the metal cutting industry and subsidiary of the Swedish company Sandvik, AB, is expanding its operations in Oconee County. The $12 million investment is expected to increase the company's production at its Westminster facility.

Marlin Steel: Why I Automate

January 15, 2014 11:23 am | by Robotic Industries Association | Videos | Comments

Watch and listen to Marlin Steel CEO/Owner Drew Greenblatt as he discusses how automation allowed him to transform his business.                                             

Alcoa Finishes $300M Expansion At Iowa Plant

January 15, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

The expansion of the plant in Davenport, Iowa, reflects four years of strong vehicle sales increases — U.S. auto sales rose 8 percent to 15.6 million in 2013 — and growing use of lightweight aluminum for better fuel mileage in some models.    

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