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End Of An Era As Smelter Closes In Missouri Town

December 26, 2013 10:12 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

As home to the nation's only primary lead smelter, Herculaneum processes raw ore into metal to make car batteries, X-ray shields and many other products. But the end of that long tradition is in sight for the small town 25 miles south of St. Louis that began smelting when this land was still owned by Spain.

Siemens 3D Prints Toughest Christmas Tree Ever

December 23, 2013 11:26 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Siemens is already using 3D printing processes to speed up its repairs of gas turbines, to such success that defective burner parts can be simply reprinted, which reduces repair times by as much as 90 percent. But the company is also utilizing the technology for some other, more holiday-themed purposes as well.

Hayes To Expand La. Fabrication Plant, Hire 75

December 19, 2013 12:34 pm | News | Comments

The Hayes Cos. will invest $3 million to expand its metal fabrication plant. Hayes will hire another 75 workers in Pineville, La., paying them $45,000 a year, on average. The company says it's selling more to large clients, including Union Tank Car Co., General Electric Co. and OneSubsea.


Novelis To Spend $120 Million On Upstate NY Plant

December 18, 2013 9:28 am | News | Comments

Novelis Inc. says it will invest $120 million to install a third aluminum automotive sheet finishing line and expand recycling of automotive scrap at its production plant near Oswego. The company says the expansion will create 90 jobs at its facility in the town of Scriba, and other upgrades to the plant also will be made.

Steelworkers In 3 States Gather Ormet Donations

December 17, 2013 1:53 pm | News | Comments

Unionized steelworkers in three states are delivering groceries and toys collected for the families of workers laid off from Ormet Corp.'s aluminum smelter along the Ohio River. The United Steelworkers said items collected by members in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania were being delivered Monday and Tuesday from a union hall north of the shuttered plant in Hannibal, Ohio.

Blast At U.S. Steel Plant Near Detroit Kills Worker

December 16, 2013 7:56 am | News | Comments

An explosion Sunday at a steel plant near Detroit killed one worker and injured two others, United States Steel Corp. said. Operations were halted at the plant while an investigation began.The accident happened overnight at U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works in Ecorse, said company spokeswoman Courtney Boone.

Tracking The Future Of Conflict Minerals

December 3, 2013 12:58 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

These conflict minerals — cassiterite, wolframite, coltan and gold — are mined in the DRC by various rebel groups and those who, generally speaking, do not bind themselves to any threshold of human rights. Because minerals mined in these countries go through a complex network of middlemen in the region and in East Asian processing plant, the exact source of a particular batch of gold can be difficult, if not impossible, to find.

ThyssenKrupp Sells U.S. Steel Plant Biz For $1.55B

December 2, 2013 7:39 am | News | Comments

German steel company ThyssenKrupp has agreed to sell its U.S. steel plant business to two competitors for $1.55 billion. Following extended speculation over the deal, ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. said Friday they will jointly acquire the ThyssenKrupp Steel USA.


ThyssenKrupp: Talks Over Sale Of Alabama Plant

November 20, 2013 12:27 pm | News | Comments

German steel company ThyssenKrupp AG says it's in "exclusive negotiations" about the possible sale of its 3-year-old steel plant in Alabama. It said late Tuesday the outcome of the talks is still open, and its news release didn't name the potential buyer.

Workers Sent To Hospital After Leak At Ark. Plant

November 18, 2013 12:12 pm | News | Comments

Authorities in northeast Arkansas say 18 people were sent to hospitals after a suspected chlorine dioxide leak at a steel mill in Blytheville. Blytheville Fire Chief Mike Carney says the fire department responded to Nucor Steel at about 10 a.m. Sunday. Carney says the department's hazardous materials team decontaminated the workers and contractors who were exposed to the gas before sending them to a hospital.

Laid-Off Ormet Steelworkers Target Ohio Governor

November 12, 2013 11:40 am | News | Comments

A labor union seeking the reopening of Ormet Corp.'s aluminum smelter in eastern Ohio is launching a multimedia campaign aimed at Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The United Steelworkers' "Save Ohio Jobs" campaign will be outlined Tuesday.      

Mich. PMI Shows Sharp Upswing, Continued Growth

November 6, 2013 11:59 am | News | Comments

The Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for Oct. is 63.1, up from 59.9 in Sept., raising the three-month average for the economy to a robust 61.1. A PMI value above 50 generally suggests economic growth. Just over 75 percent of respondents report their expectations are for the economy to remain the same or become more stable.

Swiss Probe Metals Refiner Over Congo Gold

November 6, 2013 9:00 am | News | Comments

Swiss prosecutors confirmed Wednesday that a criminal investigation has been opened against one of the world's largest processors of precious metals over allegations that it laundered gold obtained through war crimes.      


Nucor Working To Block Big River Steel Air Permit

November 5, 2013 11:41 am | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

After the Big River Steel mill was announced in January, Nucor Steel asked legislators to vote against providing $125 million in financing, which wound up passing easily. Now Nucor has filed lengthy objections with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Domestic Minerals Production Could Boost Manufacturing

November 1, 2013 9:18 am | by Hal Quinn, CEO, National Mining Association (NMA) | Blogs | Comments

After decades of outsourcing, the resurgence in domestic manufacturing is now America’s favorite comeback story. Factors that once drove companies overseas — including labor and energy costs — are no longer considered insurmountable obstacles. Yet one troubling trend could signal a major complication for returning manufacturers: our nation’s increasing reliance on unstable supply chains of imported minerals.

U.S. Steel To Shut Down Plant In Canada

October 30, 2013 8:12 am | News | Comments

U.S. Steel Corp. is shutting down its iron and steelmaking plant in Hamilton, Ontario, by year's end as part of a bid to cut costs. President and chief executive Mario Longhi made the comments on a conference call with analysts on Tuesday.     

Gov Criticized Over Layoffs At Ohio Aluminum Plant

October 28, 2013 7:55 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Republican Gov. John Kasich is facing criticism over the indefinite shuttering of Ormet Corp., an aluminum smelting giant along the Ohio River and the onetime largest customer of American Electric Power. About 1,000 workers — mostly unionized steelworkers — are out of work.

Forest City Gear Keeping 'Control' Of Its Gearmaking

October 22, 2013 10:15 am | by Jon Cruthers, Business Development Manager, Siemens | Articles | Comments

While Forest City Gear has the classic mix of longtime and newer employees, who all bring a variety of computer knowledge and machining skills to the job, this company has consistently sought the most advanced equipment on the market, as part of its “Excellence Without Exception” motto and its practical desire to stay ahead of the competition in the global gear market.

EU Court Orders Italy To Recoup $400M From Alcoa

October 17, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

The European Union's top court on Thursday ordered Italy to comply with a directive by the bloc's executive arm to fully reclaim 295 million euros ($400 million) of state aid payments that were made to U.S. aluminum giant Alcoa.     

The Importance Of Metal Fabrication Management

October 4, 2013 12:00 pm | by Mike Bowlby, Owner, Mack Hils Metal Fabrication | Articles | Comments

As with any business, a metal fabrication company is only as efficient as its management. Because of this fact, metal fabrication management is very important in acquiring shorter lead times, and is sometimes the best way to improve these lead times is by increasing the efficiency of both management and their employees.

UN Experts Urge POSCO To Halt Steel Plant In India

October 1, 2013 7:52 am | News | Comments

The project, one of India's biggest foreign investments, has been mired for eight years by legal hurdles and sustained protests. As India's economy has slowed, however, some legal hurdles have been cleared in recent months, allowing the company to obtain a license to explore for iron ore.

American Industrial Partners To Acquire Flow International

September 26, 2013 12:01 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Flow International Corporation (Nasdaq: FLOW) has today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by American Industrial Partners (AIP), a North American-based private equity firm, in a transaction valued at more than $200 million.

The Importance Of Metal Fabrication Management

September 25, 2013 11:08 am | by Mike Bowlby, Owner, Mack Hils Metal Fabrication | Blogs | Comments

Successful metal fabrication companies are always on a mission to improve their lead times to cut down on operating costs and to increase customer satisfaction. Many managers may try to analyze what the company does or doesn’t need, or which of the available suppliers might be cheaper and/or faster, yet provide them with their company’s specific needs without sacrificing quality in their products.

FTA Announces Agreement To Strengthen 'Buy America' Program

September 24, 2013 2:24 pm | by U.S. Department of Transportation | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a new Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that will make it easier for manufacturers and transit agencies to identify domestically made products, such as rolling stock and other steel and iron components that comply with FTA’s “Buy America” rules.

Laserflex Expanding S.C. Operations, Hiring 20

September 24, 2013 2:21 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Laserflex will expand its South Carolina operations by moving to a new, 63,000-square-foot building in Wellford, which will increase the company’s manufacturing space by 23,000 square feet. The expansion will allow Laserflex to add a range of new operations, including machining, paint and laser tube cutting.

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