Author: designatwork

Christmas Trees Symbolize More than Just the Holidays.

Topping out is a popular custom in the steel construction industry, a practice that dates back to Scandinavian and Native American cultures. Although the exact history isn’t specific, topping out signals that the highest steel piece is going into place and that the structure is as high as it was planned to be. You may… Read more »

Texas Iron and Metal Joins the North American Steel Alliance

The Texas Iron & Metal team is excited to announce that we’ve joined the North American Steel Alliance as a member and owner to better meet your steel and pipe needs. The North American Steel Alliance is a member-owned purchasing cooperative servicing the metals distribution industry. It’s comprised of approximately 120 independently-operated steel service centers… Read more »

Aviation Advancements Made Possible by Steel.

Last month, the nation celebrated Aviation Day, recognizing the scientific and technological advancements that continue to impact our world today. Making those leaps and bounds possible is steel, among other alloys including titanium and aluminum. Aircraft design as evolved since the Wright Brothers took their first flight in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Now,… Read more »

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Steel and Energy Joined in Matrimony

Have you seen miles of windmills towering in the distance or solar panels lining the roofs of commercial and residential buildings? Steel makes these energy harvesting technologies possible. Both renewable and non-renewable sources require technology largely composed of steel. According to Zack’s Investment Research, the energy sector accounts for 10% of US steel consumption. Technology… Read more »

Steel: The Greatest Alloy

Although bridges, structures, cars and ships come to mind when we think of steel, many millennia ago before steel was forged, iron was used to create weapons, armor, knives, pots, hooks and many other products. In fact, the earliest iron was discovered in meteorites and later extracted from the Earth to produce steel. King Tut’s… Read more »

Save Money by Building with Steel over Concrete.

The New Charles Library at Temple University in Philadelphia is nearing completion, now thanks to steel. Redesigning the 225,000 square foot structure to use steel instead of concrete helped the project stay on-schedule, and most importantly, on-budget. The multi-story building was originally being built with concrete because the designer wanted the library to look “clean… Read more »

Supplying Steel & Pipe to Meet the Demand.

Ever needed material fast but couldn’t find a provider who could supply them on time? Of course. The high demand for steel and pipe can cause frustrations when it comes to tracking down the products you need to start, continue and finish a job. Plus, if your project requires hard-to-find material, it can be a… Read more »