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Plexus Expands into Southern and Midwestern Regions

Thursday, July 5, 2007
Plexus Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI, providers of Plexus Online on-demand manufacturing-enterprise software, has established regional sales offices in Atlanta, GA, and Chicago, IL. Learn all about the software, which comprises more than 350 functional modules, at

Stainless Steel: Imports Up, U.S. Consumption Down

Tuesday, July 3, 2007
First-quarter statistics from the Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA), Washington D.C., indicate that imports of total stainless-steel products—sheet, plate, bar, rod and wire—are up 9 percent over year-to-date imports from the previous year. Over the same period, U.S. consumption decreased by 4 percent compared to last year. By product category, imports of stainless-steel sheet and strip through the first quarter decreased by 8 percent compared to the same period last year, and U.S. consumption dropped by 13 percent. However, imports of plate products jumped by 90 percent while consumption climbed by 31 percent. Imports of tool steels, says SSINA, decreased by 5 percent through the first quarter compared to the year earlier (the association did not offer data on U.S. consumption of tool steels).

New Steel-Service Center Slated for Iowa (Quad Cities)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Norfolk Iron & Metal Co., Norfolk, NE, will construct a new full-service steel-distribution center in Durant, IA, near the Quad Cities area. The facility, slated to open in mid-2008, will service fabricators in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri. It will sit on a 37-acre plot in the Durant Development Park and encompass 250,000 sq. ft. Norfolk Iron & Metal operates steel-service centers in Norfolk, Emporia, KS, and Greeley, CO. Among its processing services: sawing, shearing, breaking and laser and plasma cutting;


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