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Swiss Welding-Safety Supplier Sets Up Shop in Rhode Island

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Optrel AG, Wattwill, Switzerland, a manufacturer of welding helmets and auto-darkening lenses, has opened its first North American office and distribution center in East Greenwich, RI. The new facility will house customer service, sales and marketing, and oversee distribution throughout the United States and Canada; and

Coe Coil-Feed Lines Installed to Support Heavy Blanking

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Two facilities of Liberty Steel—Warren, OH, and Saltillo, Mexico—have recently installed new coil-feed lines from Coe Press Equipment, Sterling Heights, MI. The lines are specified to process high-strength (to 85,000 PSI yield) steel, with maximum line speed to 100 ft./min. The Saltillo line can process material to 0.210 in. thick and 54 in. wide; the Warren line can process steel to 0.250 in. thick and 42 in. wide. Both feature Coe’s CPPS-507-series heavy-duty power straightener, with hi-flight backups to eliminate roll deflection and optimize material flatness;

MidWest Materials Up for Awards

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Steel-service center MidWest Materials, Perry, OH has been named a select finalist for the Platts 2014 Global Metals Award ( in two categories: Metals Mover of the Year, and CEO of the Year (Brian Robbins). Winners will be announced in London, England, on May 21, 2014.

Also, American Metal Market named MidWest Materials as a finalist for its 2014 AMM Awards for Steel Excellence, in the category of Service Center of the Year. Those awards will be announced and presented in New York City on June 17, 2014.

Lastly, Robbins, recently installed as president of the Association of Steel Distributors, has been named to the inaugural class of the Corporate College Smart 50 Awards, presented by Smart Business magazine. Learn more at


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