Author: designatwork

Reduce. Reuse. Buy Steel?

Did you know steel is infinitely recyclable? That’s right – it takes steel to make steel. Almost all steel purchased in America is reused, which is why it’s the most recycled metal in North America. In fact, Americans recycle more steel than paper, plastic, aluminum, glass and copper combined, according to the Steel Recycling Institute…. Read more »

Reach New Heights with Steel.

Take a look some of the most well-known buildings in the United States made with steel. It might be surprising to think that the first skyscraper was erected in Chicago, not New York, but the steel-framed Home Insurance Building was built to 10 stories tall – about 138 feet – in 1885. While the building… Read more »

Surplus Risks

Consider Your Risk Reduced. Do you know all of the risks associated with your business holding onto obsolete or excess inventory? High costs associated with storage, maintenance and security Handling costs for retaining old inventory Lack of space for current or active inventory Missed opportunities for your business because your money is tied up in… Read more »

Unknown Future Caused by Steel Tariffs

President Trump’s announcement regarding tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum has created chaos for those in and out of the industry. While many see the plan as a way to level the playing field with foreign steel and aluminum producers, namely China, others are unsure about the destabilizing effects the tariffs may have on the… Read more »

Team Member Spotlight: Get to Know the Texas Iron & Metal Team!

Andres Garcia, Inside Sales Manager How long have you worked at Texas Iron & Metal? I’ve been a proud member of the Texas Iron & Metal Family since February 17th, 2010. What do you like most about your job and working at Texas Iron & Metal? Building relationships with our customers and delivering “Supply on… Read more »

Build with the Best. Build with Steel.

Steel could have helped prevent the most infamous maritime disaster in history In less than three hours, the Titanic sank in the freezing North Atlantic Ocean, killing more than 1,500 people on board. Famous for being the largest, most luxurious ship in the world, the Titanic that was once deemed “unsinkable,” hit an iceberg on… Read more »

The Luck of Steel.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Texas Iron & Metal is taking a look at some of the most famous Irish castles, monuments and other structures — many of which were built with or protected by steel. Cahir Castle. Built in 1142 by Conor O’Brien, Prince of Thomond, the castle — one of the largest… Read more »

The Stockyard is Calling You.

Steel dealers, such as Texas Iron & Metal, are the ideal places to purchase new and surplus steel products to complete large or small projects. With more people recognizing that surplus steel still has the strength and durability needed in most construction projects, we here at Texas Iron and Metal find ourselves delivering our steel… Read more »

Global Steel Industry Predicted to Steadily Grow

According to the World Steel Association, steel demand is anticipated to reach 1,648.1 million tons (Mt) in 2018. While China accounts for a large percent of the steel demand – over 45% – when excluded, the global steel demand is set to increase 3% over the course of the year. Chairman of the World Steel… Read more »

An Abridged History of Steel

Steel can be found adding strength and durability to countless applications throughout our nation. From homes and kitchens, to bridges and buildings, steel is incorporated into our everyday lives. While blacksmiths have been heating and manipulating steel with hand tools for centuries, it wasn’t until the 1600s with the advent of new production methods that… Read more »

A Surplus of Reasons to Sell to Texas Iron & Metal

There is no better time than the new year to sell your surplus steel, aluminum, stainless and alloy pipe, structural shapes, plate and other industrial products! Whether you have excess inventory now that a job is over, are looking to organize and cleanup a facility, need space to handle a large job that is coming… Read more »

Saw-Cutting & Shearing Services Now Available

Texas Iron and Metal now offers an additional saw-cutting service and new shearing service! Upgrading their production department, the company now offers customers even more options when it comes to processing their steel. Additional Saw-Cutting Service Boasting two roller discharge tables with 29 1/2″ usable width, the HEM H160A-DC horizontal band saw provides easier material… Read more »

First 3D Printed Steel Bridge is Constructed.

In late 2018, the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in Amsterdam will be outfitted with a new, steel footbridge. Known for its strength, ductility and durability, steel was the ideal material to use in its construction. While you may be thinking to yourself, a steel footbridge isn’t that revolutionary given that the first steel road and railway… Read more »

Texas Iron & Metal Announces Expands Location and Services

HOUSTON — October 31, 2017 — Texas Iron & Metal, a Houston-based, family-owned and operated steel supplier, is excited to announce the expansion of their current stockyard location at 865 Lockwood Drive, just three miles east of downtown Houston. Now situated on over 10 acres, Texas Iron & Metal’s warehouse increased four-fold to over 120,000… Read more »

4 Uses for Flat Bars

Flat bar has a flat surface and rectangular face – making it extremely versatile for a variety of projects. Here are four key uses for flat bar: 1. Frame Construction Flat bars are easily cut to length and drilled or welded into place for framework. Because metal bars are durable, and can withhold the construction… Read more »

What’s Next for Steel? Understanding Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act

Producers, buyers and sellers of steel will be impacted by whatever actions result from the Commerce Department’s investigation of imported steel. Launched in April with the objective of halting unfair trade practices (one of the Trump administration’s goals), the investigation leverages the rarely used Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act. Section 232 allows the… Read more »

How to Choose the Right Steel Plate for Your Project

One of the most important considerations for any construction project involve the choice of building materials. Steel continues to be an attractive option due to its versatility, durability, affordability and sustainability (did you know that steel is the world’s most recycled product?). When looking at materials for foundations or frames for buildings, professionals typically rely… Read more »

I-beam vs. Wide Flange beam: Explanation and Application

Walking through the stockyard, you may not initially notice the difference between two common beams – the I-beam and the wide flange beam – however, even though they may seem very similar, there are key differences that make choosing the right product vital for certain projects. 1) What’s the difference between I-beam and wide flange… Read more »

Learn Common Terms and Abbreviations with this Handy Guide

Prime: Highest grade steel available that must meet very strict requirements and has quality certificates Surplus: Steel that may be of similar quality to prime or may have minor defects, but is still suitable for many uses; also known as Less-Than-Prime© Welded: Metal that has been joined together using electricity and welding rods or wires,… Read more »

3 Key Impacts on the Steel Industry Under the New Trump Administration

President Donald Trump spent his first weeks in office signing multiple executive orders, including approvals related directly to the steel industry. Here are 3 key impacts on the steel industry based on President Trump’s executive orders: 1) American-made steel is mandatory for all US pipelines Trump is requiring the Secretary of Commerce to develop a… Read more »

Buying Local Steel Reinforces Houston’s Economy

Four considerations when shopping for steel pipe The recent action by the US Department of Commerce, which results in the government imposing duties of more than 13 percent on steel pipe from India, may likely have implications for consumers on both steel pipe pricing and the inventory of steel pipe. The government took the action… Read more »