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Steel Import Restrictions Needed for U.S. Businesses to Participate in Harvey & Irma Rebuild.

Posted on October 6, 2017 by Texas Iron & Metal
After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated cities and towns throughout southern Texas and all over Florida, the topic of conversation has turned towards rebuilding. Americans all over our nation want to do their part – donate money, help cleanup, and even produce goods for the infrastructure rebuild. While companies are gearing up to help, the… Read more »

4 Uses for Flat Bars

Posted on September 6, 2017 by Texas Iron & Metal
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

Posted on August 17, 2017 by Texas Iron & Metal
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

Posted on July 18, 2017 by Texas Iron & Metal
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

Posted on June 30, 2017 by Texas Iron & Metal
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

Posted on June 30, 2017 by Texas Iron & Metal
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

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Texas Iron & Metal
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

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Texas Iron & Metal
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 »

6 Projects Where Surplus Steel is a Great Choice

Posted on November 18, 2016 by Texas Iron & Metal
Surplus steel is an affordable alternative to new steel products, and though it may have minor blemishes or imperfections, it is often just as useful, especially where perfection is not a requirement. Surplus steel is often sourced from steel suppliers or manufacturers that have gone out of business while still having significant stock on hand,… Read more »

Stay Safe With These 10 Tips for Working With Steel Channel

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Texas Iron & Metal
Steel channel is an extremely versatile material that can be used to create anything from utility trailers to tool sheds to shelving units. It comes in a variety of sizes, thicknesses and grades, from lightweight channel that can be used for non-critical applications like corner braces to high-straighten versions that are perfect for load-bearing structures… Read more »

5 Ways Local Steel Suppliers in Houston Can Help Your Business

Posted on August 19, 2016 by Texas Iron & Metal
For many manufacturing, fabrication and construction needs, few materials can beat the unique combination of reasonable cost, high strength, and superior durability offered by steel. If your business depends on large quantities of steel stock and related products, it is often best to find a local supplier that has a diverse selection of steel products… Read more »

10 Tools That Make Working With Angle Iron Simple

Posted on July 19, 2016 by Texas Iron & Metal
Angle iron is a versatile steel product that can be used to create just about anything, from furniture like bed frames, utility tables and shelving units, to larger projects like trailer frames, metal building panels and utility sheds. While it is possible to work with angle iron using simple tools like drills to bore holes… Read more »

7 Benefits of Using Local Steel Suppliers in Houston

Posted on May 15, 2016 by Texas Iron & Metal
Steel is one of the strongest and most versatile building materials on the market. It can be used to create large high-rises, small car ports, trailer frames, fencing or even furniture, and anything built with it will last for decades with minimal maintenance. It is available in many standard forms, including angle iron, channel iron, bars,… Read more »

9 Benefits That Angle Iron Can Offer Your Next Project

Posted on April 28, 2016 by Texas Iron & Metal
  Angle iron is one of the most recognizable types of structural steel, with its characteristic L-shaped profile, and it can be used in hundreds, or thousands, of different projects, from custom bed frames, to ladders, furniture or go-cart frames. It is a versatile material that is both affordable and easy to use, and with… Read more »

8 Ways That Steel Channel is Often Used

Posted on March 20, 2016 by Texas Iron & Metal
Steel channel is a versatile product that is available in many sizes and thicknesses. Its cross-section is shaped like a squared-off C, with a straight back and two perpendicular extensions on the top and bottom. Some types of steel channel (C Purlin) add short inward-facing lips to the end of the extensions, parallel to the… Read more »

Steel Suppliers Houston: 5 Things to Expect in a Houston Steel Supplier

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Texas Iron & Metal
Steel is a great material to use in many projects due to its strength, durability, flexibility and long lifespan. It can be used to construct everything from small, intricate parts to larger things like trusses, oil rigs, or even entire buildings. For many projects, the process of building with steel begins at the local steel… Read more »

10 Things to Keep in Mind About Angle Iron

Posted on December 15, 2015 by Texas Iron & Metal
Angle iron lends itself to a wide variety of projects, as long as you know its traits and take fullest advantage of them. To get the most out of this flexible structural material, you should keep these 10 things in mind to aid you in obtaining a quality supply, managing logistics on your end, and using… Read more »

10 Reasons to Choose Texas Iron & Metal as Your Steel Channel Supplier

Posted on November 15, 2015 by Texas Iron & Metal
There’s a lot to consider when you’re mulling over your options for steel channel suppliers in the area—quality, customer support, flexibility, turnaround, these all add up to major differences over the life of your relationship with a supplier.Before you make your decision, you might want to consider these 10 benefits of working with Texas Iron… Read more »

Top 10 Signs Your Steel Channel Supplier is Worth Your Business

Posted on October 26, 2015 by Texas Iron & Metal
Looking for a company to supply steel channel for your next big construction project? Choosing the wrong supplier can lead to major hassles down the line, so it’s important to pick one you can be comfortable with—you may be satisfied with a subpar supplier when everything goes 100% right and you don’t need to test… Read more »

10 Signs You’re Dealing with a Reliable Steel Supplier

Posted on October 14, 2015 by Texas Iron & Metal
Knowing the difference between the best steel suppliers in your area and the worst can mean the difference between resounding long-term success and constant issues, whether you’re a one-time customer or a business with a consistent need for steel. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to sort the good from the bad when you’re looking at steel… Read more »

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