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January 1, 2015

Hiring Smarter

Recruiting worthy new talent requires an aggressive, multi-pronged program.  

Recruiting skilled workers in the metals service industry can be intensely competitive. By most accounts, there is a significant shortage of qualified help for several reasons: an aging workforce of Baby Boomers starting to retire, […] Read More

January 1, 2015

Border Bungle

Why our critical links with Mexico and Canada are still such a mess

The gauntlet can begin 50 miles south of the border. Northbound trucks from the Mexican interior, hauling anything from Sinaloa tomatoes to auto parts from Monterrey to bags of cement from Mexico City, are guided […] Read More

November 1, 2014

Disruption: Get Used To It

To beat the competition, businesses must anticipate and capitalize on transformative new technologies.

New technologies are poised to disrupt manufacturing: It’s not a matter of if, but when. In the coming years, how and where products are designed and manufactured will change dramatically, remaking industries and accelerating and […] Read More

November 1, 2014

Back to Basic

Todd Fogel, owner of Basic Metals Inc., on building lasting relationships and clear communications

There’s more to the first half of Basic Metals Inc.’s name than you might expect. The Germantown, Wisconsin-based aluminum service center derives its appellation from a clever acronym cooked up by owner Todd Fogel’s father. […] Read More

November 1, 2014

Service Centers Get Social

Why metals companies are adopting social media to get in front of customers

Majestic Steel USA had ambitious plans for marketing via the Web. To accompany a new presence on several social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, the Cleveland-based metals service center created a weekly […] Read More