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Minn. Service Center Upgrades Lines
to Handle Thicker, Stronger Steels

Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Ratner Steel, Roseville, MN, has ordered a pair of stretcher levelers from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL. The units will upgrade two existing processing lines—one will handle steel to 65 KSI and 0.375 in. thick, the other will process steel to 75 KSI and 0.5 in. thick. Stretcher leveling exceeds the yield point in all of the material—top to bottom and side to side—to produce flat material with no trapped internal stresses, says Red Bud, eliminating springback. Learn more at

Supplier of Heat- and Corrosion-Resistant Materials
Acquires Italian Service Center

Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Rolled Alloys, Temperance, MI, acquired Clama Trade, Melegnano (Milan), Italy. Clama Trade supplies corrosion-resistant and high-temperature-service nickel-based alloys and duplex stainless steels as plate, sheet, bar, flanges, fittings and welding materials. Rolled Alloys, a supplier of heat- and corrosion-resistant alloys and titanium-alloy products, operates several U.S. facilities, as well as facilities in Canada, China, Japan and throughout Europe.

Coil and Strip Producer Banks on New ERP System

Friday, August 15, 2008
Stripco Inc., Mishawaka, IN, a manufacturer of production-ready steel coils and strips, recently went in search of software to help it gain real-time scheduling information and complete cost-of-sales information, in order to continue to efficiently serve its customers in the automotive, furniture and other steel-consuming industries. Its primary goals: improve in the areas of costing, production scheduling and tracking, and steel-industry-specific quality and certification. To accomplish those goals, it recently implemented Axiom ERP enterprise-resource-planning software from Axis, Boston, MA. As a result, Stripco general manager Eric Hiler says that the firm now responds significantly faster to customer inquiries regarding order status, and with access to real-time information on quality, holds, shipping and billing, it can “identify and act on statistically relevant information, rather than just acting on a whim.” Stripco ( supplies hot- and cold-rolled and galvanized steel products 0.018 to 0.312 in. thick, in widths from 0.375 to 26 in., including slit coil, edge-conditioned coil, cut-to-length strip and oscillate-wound coil. Learn more about Axiom ERP software from Axis at


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