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

November 1, 2011

National Labor Relations Bungle

The agency's clash with Boeing Co. is a stark example of regulatory dysfunction, political gridlock and a corporate communications blunder.

For a small federal agency with a narrow jurisdiction, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has triggered a mammoth legal and political controversy that could substantially affect the national economy.By lodging a dramatic legal complaint […] Read More

May 1, 2011

Fairness Fiasco

In China, evading U.S. trade laws is a booming business.

Vulcan Threaded Products of Pelham, Alabama, was founded in 1978, and by 2005, with Bill Upton as its president, Vulcan had become the nation's largest manufacturer and supplier of low-carbon threaded rod. The rod is […] Read More

January 1, 2011

The Burden Of Taxes

Two of the great imponderables for U.S. business are tax and regulatory policy. Forward provides an in-depth look at those twin burdens of business and the impact they have had on the metals and manufacturing communities.

Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. in Dover, Ohio, is far in mileage and mission from the high technology companies in California's Silicon Valley and the Route 128 high-tech corridor around Boston, for which President Ronald […] Read More