Safety Binders: Employee Safety Series

At Metalwest we are working to replace chain load binders with safety binders and/or ratcheting load binders to help our drivers more safely secure coils during transport. Throughout the steel and manufacturing industries there have been many close calls and injuries that occur due to the old chain lever binders that were in use. Because employee […]

Aluminum Trailers

It’s officially summer and that means camping, fairs, rodeos, and farmer’s markets. But, what do all of these activities have in common? Trailers. And not just trailers, but aluminum trailers. There are a few different types of aluminum trailers: travel trailers, toy haulers, horse/livestock trailers, cargo trailers, and food/concession truck trailers. Travel Trailers Hitting the […]

Stainless Steel Grills

Embed from Getty Images The summer season is here and that means it is time to break out the grill. There are many different types of grills: charcoal, gas, electric, fire-pit style, etc., as well as many different manufacturers, price tags, sizes, etc. Grills are also made out of a variety of different metals. But […]

Is Stainless Steel Magnetic? It Depends.

Have you ever wondered why you can stick a magnet on one stainless steel fridge, but not another? They are both stainless steel, so why doesn’t it stick to both? Well, the answer is in the makeup of the steel. So, let’s see if stainless steel is magnetic. Embed from Getty Images Is Stainless Steel Magnetic? […]

Reflective Uniforms: Employee Safety Series

Our “Employee Safety Series” aims to highlight initiatives that the team at Metalwest is working on to make our work environment safe. Safety is one of our top priorities and it is important to ensure our employees have the right protective gear, tools, and knowledge to do their jobs safely. At Metalwest we are taking […]

How is Spiral Duct Made?

Have you ever found yourself staring at exposed spiral duct work and wonder how it was made? If your answer was no I guess you can stop reading, but it is a pretty interesting process. If your answer was yes, continue reading to find out. While spiral duct isn’t something we manufacture at Metalwest, HVAC […]

Metal Garden Tools

March is a time of year when the snow starts to melt, tulips begin to blossom, and your yard is a dirty mess. Spring cleanup can be the worst part of yard work. You have to deal with leaves everywhere, matted down grass, and, in some cases, pet messes every few feet. With all these […]

How to Clean Aluminum Siding

With spring just around the corner and the weather looking up for parts of the country, it is time to think about cleaning up the outside of your house, office building, trailer, or wherever it is that is constructed of aluminum siding. I recently took to cleaning the outside of my house which has painted-white […]

Can You Weld Steel and Aluminum Together?

Embed from Getty Images The answer to whether you can weld steel and aluminum together is yes and no. OK, I’m sure you are even more confused now than you were before, but bear with me. Let’s start with some chemistry, shall we? Aluminum and steel have different metallurgy and melting temperatures. Carbon steel, made […]

Steel Trade Cases: The Steel Supply Chain

Background on Steel Trade Cases To achieve economic and political objectives, many countries use industrial policies aimed at nurturing their domestic steel industry through trade protection and subsidies. The U.S. steel industry claims to aspire only for a globally level playing field for international trade and commerce. So, the U.S. steel industry utilizes anti-dumping (to […]