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Global perspectives from MSCI


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

The New Gold Rush

The world’s mad scramble for rare earth minerals

Take superpower rivalries, national defense concerns and the insatiable consumer demand for electronics like cellphones, headphones, flat-screen TVs and even electric cars. Throw in energy conservation and green technologies. Add a healthy dose of free and […] Read More

July 1, 2014

Workplace Safety

A culture, not a program

A slow and steady shift started in 1970, when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created: The cause of workplace deaths and injuries began changing.Until OSHA’s birth, unsafe workplaces were mainly to blame for […] Read More

July 1, 2014

Taking Care of Your Own

For Gary Stein, president of Triple-S Steel, “family” means those connected by blood—and steel.

Gary Stein, president of Houston-based Triple-S Steel, one of the largest distributors of structural steel in North America, is not a fan of email. “I have walked into managers’ offices and threatened to rip out […] Read More

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