Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

We will publish our next Premium Level Supplement Newsletter on Monday of next week. The supplement will contain currency data and information derived from this week’s steel market survey. We will also publish our Premium Level Power Point of the survey results for our Premium Level members either late on Friday or over the weekend. If you have interest in changing your membership to a Premium Level (cost is $1995 for one person per year) please contact either myself or Diana at 800-432-3475.

A quick reminder that I am speaking at the Association of Woman in the Metals Industry (AWMI) at the Erie Café, 536 West Erie Street in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday evening, January 16, 2014. If you would like to attend you can get tickets through They are asking for RSVP’s by the 10th (Friday of this week) but they do allow walk-ins if you decide you would like to attend at the last minute. Networking begins at 6 PM, dinner at 6:30 PM and the program starts at 7:30 PM. They have told me I have 20-30 minutes to speak – I will try to make it an interesting 20-30 minutes. (P.S. – someone needs to pray for warm and sunny weather so my flight gets in on time)

Our developers have been tweaking with the mobile version of our website and with the graphics which are displayed on mobile devices. They have solved the issue related to our interactive graphics and the mobile phones (or so we are being told). Please take a moment and try to read our newsletter on your mobile phones and tablets. The best way is to turn the phone or tablet sideways (landscape) which will increase the font size and make it easier to read. The mobile website requires you to log in just like the main website in order to see the interactive graphics.

We know there are still a number of you out there who have yet to log into the website for the first time and reset your passwords and provide accurate information about your account. It takes about three minutes to do – if you need a new user name and password sent us an email at: and we will create them for you (simple ones not hard ones) and if you need it we can also walk you through the process. Please take a moment to complete the log in process.

We have had a number of companies upgrade one (or two) of their people to our new Premium Level membership. We have also had a number of companies upgrade their accounts by adding more people to Executive Corporate Memberships. We have also had a number of new companies who were not sure about needing to read our newsletters as often as they are sent out and have opted for the Monthly Newsletter. We appreciate each and every one of you.

SMU also greatly appreciates the steel community for recognizing how hard we work on your behalf and that you feel we are providing quality information. So much so that you are willing to risk your reputation by recommending our newsletters and website to your suppliers, customers and friends within the steel industry. Your kind words are greatly appreciated.

As always your business is what keeps us not only afloat but growing and able to produce more and better products and services. Thank you.

John Packard, Publisher

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Last week was a newsy one for the US sheet market. Nucor’s announcement that it would publish a weekly HR spot price was the talk of the town – whether that was in chatter among colleagues, at the Boy Scouts of America Metals Industry dinner, or in SMU’s latest market survey. Some think that it could Nucor's spot HR price could bring stability to notoriously volatile US sheet prices, according to SMU's latest steel market survey. Others think it’s too early to gauge its impact. And still others said they were leery of any attempt by producers to control prices.