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Weathering Steel: What is it?

Weathering steel, commonly referred to as A606 steel, has recently gained popularity in the architectural world for its distinctive orange-brown oxide (or rust) finish. This layer of rust aids in the resistance to corrosive elements. When weathering steel is produced, it is not rusted. It gradually develops the rust-like appearance as it is exposed to […]

Hot Rolled Steel: What it is Used For

I know you are very interested in learning about what hot rolled steel is used for. But guess what Buzz readers, it is actually used for some interesting applications. Like we discussed in the Hot Rolled Steel: How it is Made post, hot rolled steel is the most basic form of steel a mill produces. […]

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Section 232: What to Know

Section 232 is part of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. It gives the president the ability to penalize imports if he decides they pose a threat to national security. 232 Recommendations are Nearing Delivery to the President The Trump administration said it plans to take “major action” once it receives the U.S. Commerce Department’s […]

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Trailer Observation Cameras: Employee Safety Series

At Metalwest, safety is one of our top priorities. We are constantly making improvements to our everyday tasks to make sure our employees return home safely to their families each and every day. One of the improvements we are currently working on is equipping our trucks with trailer observation cameras to help increase driver visibility. Trailer Observation Cameras At […]

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Metal Roofing: What Options Are There?

In a previous post we talked a little bit about the 5 Benefits to Metal Roofing. We discussed the durability and protection it provides, how it is energy efficient, and about the aesthetics. But, what material options are available for your metal roof? In this post we will delve into a few of the metal […]

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Day and the Life of an Outside Sales Rep

At Metalwest our outside sales team is a huge part of our company. While our customers work closely with our inside sales representatives, the outside sales team is who they see on a monthly, weekly, or sometimes daily basis. They are essentially the face of Metalwest. So, what does a typical day for an outside […]

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Trade Case Toolbox: Trade Actions Available to Steelmakers

With news of trade cases filling steel industry media outlets it is important to understand exactly what a trade case is and the different trade actions the U.S. steel industry has available to it regarding international commerce. In a previous post we discussed a brief background on steel trade cases as well as recent activity. […]

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Steel in School: What it is Used For

It is back to school time for most of the country and that means school supplies, new classrooms, a new locker assignment, and the start of extracurricular activities. So, what does this have to do with steel? Well, lot’s actually! Steel is used in a multitude of everyday objects, including school-related items. School Supplies Embed […]

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 […]