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August 1, 2014

A new Kind

Automation and robots creep into service centers but won’t yet replace people.

When executives at the Earle M. Jorgensen Company decided their Schaumburg, Ill., plant needed a major upgrade, replacing people with machines was high on the agenda. Manually stocking and retrieving steel products for the company’s […] Read More

July 1, 2014

From Helmets to Hard Hats

When their fight overseas ends, veterans’ fight for employment at home begins. But their skills and values can make them a great fit for the metals industry.

Randall Fox had an “epiphany moment” last year on an aircraft carrier. He was at a trade association meeting in San Diego when he was invited to tour the USS Midway Museum at Navy Pier. […] Read More

July 1, 2014

Business as Unusual

How to “future-proof” your company

What will the coming decade look like? The honest answer is that no one knows. A glimpse, though, can be found in a promising new startup called Oculus VR. Two years ago, Palmer Luckey was a […] Read More

July 1, 2014

Strength in Clusters

Why transportation is fueling prosperous regional manufacturing centers

When Illinois-based Caterpillar Inc. chose Georgia as the plant site for re-shoring small tractor production from Japan, the Midwestern state’s governor, Pat Quinn, complained, “We don’t have any oceanfront property in Illinois. … We met […] Read More

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