Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

U.S. Steel took down their Fairfield blast furnace just before Thanksgiving. We are hearing that it may be down 45-60 days although one customer of the mill’s told us by the end of December. The steel mill prepared for the furnace to go down and customers were told to place their orders some time ago.

I have just returned this evening from the HARDI convention in Phoenix, Arizona. It was cooler than normal there over the past few days and in Northern Arizona at the Grand Canyon they were referencing temperatures around 10 degrees below zero. The conference was well attended and I will have a little more on what I learned while in Phoenix in Thursday evening’s edition.

The Apparent Excess / Deficit forecast graphic we used in one of our articles this evening will become part of our Premium package. As we develop forecasting models and tools they will be dedicated to our Premium members. We published our third Premium Level Supplement Newsletter yesterday and anticipate having another later this week or early next week. Premium Level members also received an analysis of our survey results from last week.

If you have interest in upgrading your existing account (or part of it) to the Premium Level please contact our office and speak with Diana: 800-432-3475.

A reminder that a good Holiday gift for one of your employees could be a ticket to our Steel 101: Introduction to Steelmaking & Market Fundamentals workshop which will be held on February 4 & 5, 2014 in Mobile, Alabama. Included will be a tour of the SSAB mini-mill facility. Information is available on our website or you are welcome to contact our office and speak to John Temples or myself – 800-432-3475.

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