With Leveltek based in Benwood, WV, and our obvious, long-time connection to the steel industry, we’ve always had a kinship and interest in nearby Pittsburgh, PA, the city that was once the beating heart of global steel production.  About a year ago, a set of photos showing Pittsburgh during the early 1940s, the period between maximum steel production kicking into high gear and environmental safeguards being instituted, starting appearing on the Internet.  The pictures are genuinely haunting, showing a city that’s alive and vibrant and completely swaddled in the smoke and soot from the steel mills.  They look like something out of some lost Humphrey Bogart film, or like production art from “Blade Runner.”  In short, they’re amazing, and we want to share some of them here, since they’re a  nostalgic reminder of a time when steel was king in our area.  Enjoy!


According to the board of the American Institute for International Steel (AIIS), steel importers must focus on providing more and better risk management options to customers. The board emphasized the need for these services in the face of stronger competition from foreign suppliers.

The American Metals Market (AMM) recetly hosted a roundtable in New York, called the Steel Success Strategies XXVIII, where the AIIS offered its remarks. It further stated that big businesses are going away, and being replaced with a very different environment, with less mills and a much more cautious buyer market. Shipping materials to customers as quickly as possible can only do so much, as market prices can rise and fall dramatically in a number of days, much less a number of weeks, by which time inventory shipped from abroad could be priced too high or too low.

In order to help customers feel more comfortable while they wait for materials, the AIIS stresses the necessity of having a solid risk management strategy in place. John D. Foster, chairman of the AIIS, led the discussion, directed by AMM.

The bottom line, he says, is that the steel industry is undergoing a metamorphosis, and buyers and sellers alike must adapt to these changes in order to have a successful and profitable relationship in the future.

-Story from AMM.

EPAThe Environmental Protection Agency has recently solidified a new Clean Air Act edit/amendment/ which changes the standards for boilers and incinerators, as well as announced revisions to the Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials Rule. The EPA said it passed the Clean Air Act amendments to address only those boilers that emit the most pollution, which they estimate as being less than 1% of about 1.5 million operational boilers in the U.S.

The updated Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials rules will reportedly define more clearly the laws regarding the types of secondary materials that are considered non-waste fuels. As reported by the American Metal Market, the latest revisions will primarily affect those businesses recycling scrap tires.

Industry professionals been anticipating the updates for some time, and the changes were expected to go through by the end of 2012. Although somewhat divisive in the past, the latest set of revisions from the EPA will have little if any impact on scrap metal recyclers, according to officials within the company.



cbdotcbaAccording to a recent report, some dealers are reporting concern about end-of-year sales figures. The ‘fiscal cliff’ agitation drags on, as Washington continues to stall on year-end tax cuts. This avoidance on the part of government could negatively impact auto sales before the industry heads into 2013, a turn of events that would be completely the opposite of most years, when year-end sales are generally among the best for automotive companies.

As reported by AMM, AutoNation, the nation’s biggest dealership group, will be cutting orders to manufacturers, as well as considering cutting stuff, if a decision on tax cuts isn’t reached.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released a powerful statement following the results of the 2012 election, highlighting the importance of working together to get the economy moving. Definitely worth a read. What do you all think about the outcome of this election? What do you want to see changed or improved in the coming years?

Manufacturers: Time for America to Come Together

Leadership Needed in Both Parties to Get Economy Moving

Jeff Ostermayer (202-637-3090)

11/07/12 –  The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on the results of the 2012 election:

“Our country faces many challenges in the days and months ahead, and manufacturers continue to stand ready to work with President Obama. The President talked about manufacturing throughout his campaign as he has during his first term in office, and we will continue to urge the Administration to achieve real results to bring about a manufacturing renaissance.

We’ll work with the Administration to double exports, on ways to strengthen our workforce and prepare Americans for jobs in modern manufacturing. We will also continue to make our case for pro-growth energy and tax policies, and for common-sense regulation.

Manufacturers also congratulate the new members of the 113th Congress. There is much work ahead of us, and manufacturers are ready to help the President and all elected leaders succeed in turning our economy around. After all, it is time for our nation to heal and for Americans to come together.”

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The National Association of Manufacturers has shared a video encouraging manufacturers, their employees, and anyone interested in the manufacturing industry to speak out on election day.

The video stresses the large role that manufacturing plays in the US, and highlights the importance of the manufacturing sector showing up at the polls to make a pro-manufacturing impact on the next four years.

What do you think of the video – will it encourage more manufacturers to vote? Are you getting to the polls on Tuesday? We’ve shared the article below, but you can also read the full article on NAM’s website here.

Manufacturers: Make the Manufacturing Voice Heard on Election Day

New Video Pushes for Americans to Vote for Pro-Manufacturing Candidates on Election Day

Jeff Ostermayer (202-637-3090)

11/01/12 –  With the election just five days away, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has released a new video to encourage manufacturers, their employees and those who care about manufacturing to make their voices heard. Manufacturing has been at the center of the presidential race as well as numerous congressional races throughout the country due to its outsized role in our economic recovery. But now America is teetering with manufacturers shedding jobs the past few months, and with the looming fiscal abyss, the NAM wants to make sure pro-manufacturing candidates are elected on November 6.

“On Tuesday, millions of Americans will go to the polls to decide the direction of our great nation, and the stakes are high,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “America is at stake. America’s economic security and prosperity depend on the success of the manufacturing economy. The 12 million men and women who make things in America can achieve great things with the right policies to encourage investment and job creation here in the United States. Manufacturers have a stake in our country’s direction, and it’s imperative we get to the polls on Tuesday.”

The video is part of a final push from manufacturers leading up to Election Day to remind voters of the critical role manufacturing plays in job creation and the overall economy. Manufacturers are urging voters to get engaged by visiting the NAM’s Election Center website and using the NAM’s new nonpartisan voter guide, which provides a side-by-side comparison of where candidates stand on critical manufacturing issues.

The NAM has undertaken a yearlong effort to empower voters during this critical election and provide them with all the tools they need to vote for the candidates who will stand up on behalf of manufacturing here in Washington. The NAM has dedicated unprecedented resources to empower manufacturers, and our efforts will continue through Election Day, Inauguration Day and into the new Congress and Administration. To learn more and become a key voice for manufacturing, visit the NAM’s Election Center website here.

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