Red Metals Outlook
Element of Surprise: Copper Reaches New Heights
An eight-month climb in the price of copper and brass material has forced producers and distributors to reconsider their approach to business.
Appliance Market’s Holding Its Own
Metals suppliers to the appliance industry see their prospects improving.
MCN Sales Compensation Survey
Service Center Sales Pros See Bump in Earnings
MCN’s latest sales compensation survey shows gains in salaries and commissions for inside and outside salespeople in 2010.
Spotlight on Technology: Fiber Lasers
The Light Fantastic
Increased use of fiber optic technology in lasers is making laser cutting equipment more productive and cost-effective.
Fourth-Quarter & Year-End Reports
Trending in the Right Direction
In their fourth-quarter and year-end reports to analysts and investors, executives from publicly held service centers reported improved revenues, largely from unexpectedly high steel prices.
MCN Case Study: Ferrous Metal Processing
FMP Converts Strategy to Stay Relevant
When the market changed, so did Cleveland-based Ferrous Metal Processing. Today, the toll processor offers cold-rolled conversion services and is expanding its annealing capacity.
Why Manufacturing is Leading the Economic Recover
By Dr. Chris Kuehl
From the Editor
Tough to Tally Service Centers in a ‘Consolidating’ Market
By Tim Triplett, Editor-in-Chief
Looking Back at 50 Years of Metal Center News
Five Ways to Sabotage Successful Sales Efforts