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Steel Imports: Market Share Rises
to an Estimated 22 Percent

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reports that net U.S. imports of steel climbed by 19 percent compared to June, while imports of finished steel increased by 15 percent. Annualized total and finished-steel imports in 2010 would be 24.2 and 18.8 million NT, respectively, up 49 percent and 33 percent compared to 2009. Key finished-steel products with significant import increases in July 2010 compared to June include plates in coils (up 26 percent), hot-rolled sheets (up 26 percent) and cut length plates (up 22 percent). Learn more at

New American Chopper Series Names
Lincoln Electric Exclusive Welding Partner

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
On August 12, 2010, the American Chopper brand name of The Learning Channel expanded with the launch of a new series called American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior. The show follows Paul Teutel Sr. as he continues to operate his Orange County Choppers motorcycle business in Newburgh, NY, and his son Paul Jr. as he runs his startup design company and custom chopper shop, Paul Jr. Designs ( The Lincoln Electric Co. has signed on as the show sponsor and exclusive welding partner of the new custom chopper shop. It has stocked the new 7200-sq.-ft. shop with welding equipment and consumables, and also has launched a new website dedicated to Paul Jr. Designs: Check out the site for weekly updates on the Lincoln-Paul Jr. Designs partnership, the show and other news. Learn more here. Lincoln Electric is online at

Metal Service Center Report:
Shipments Up, but Growth Rate Slows

Thursday, August 19, 2010
According to the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), the rate of growth of steel and aluminum shipments from U.S. and Canadian service centers slowed in July, while inventory levels rose. Compared to year-earlier levels, steel shipments from U.S. service centers rose 14.3 percent in July, half the year-over-year increase experienced in May and June. Through July, 2010 shipments were up 18.4 percent over 2009 and inventory levels were 30 percent higher than a year ago. More at


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