Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

A reminder that our next Steel 101: Introduction to Steel Making & Market Fundamentals workshop will be just outside of Toledo, Ohio and we will be touring a mill as one of the best run mini-mills in the country – North Star Bluescope Steel. You can find more details about our program, instructors, hotel and registration on our website. This workshop is excellent for new hires, people who are rising through the ranks (or expected to rise), new executives that may have come from outside the industry, someone wanting to learn more about the steel making process as well as how steel is sold and some of the fundamentals that affect the markets. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at:

I will be in Tampa tomorrow afternoon/evening attending the Port of Tampa Steel Conference. If you would like to set up a specific time to meet with me during the conference you can send me an email at: or text me at: 770-596-6268. I will return to our offices on Friday of this week.

Over the past month LME zinc prices have moved higher. In the middle of January we saw zinc trading around $0.66 per pound. This week it has been trading just above $0.75 per pound.

Aluminum has been trading in a much tighter range with a low around $0.66 per pound in mid-January to today’s $0.6927 per pound.

I want to thank Big River Steel for coming on as a Corporate Sponsor to this year’s Steel Summit Conference in Atlanta at the end of August (29-31st). They join our other sponsors committed to date: Pacesetter Steel, Steel Dynamics and Magic Coil Products. We have more sponsorship as well as exhibition spaces available. You can find information on our website or you can request information by sending an email to:

I also want to welcome our newest member companies to Steel Market Update. If you have any questions, would like to learn more about website access and the data we house there or if you have any suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us at: or by phone: 800-432-3475.

As always your business is truly appreciated by all of us here at Steel Market Update.

John Packard, Publisher

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What's the tea in the steel industry this week? Here's the latest SMU gossip column! Just kidding... kind of. Yes, some of the comments we receive in our weekly flat-rolled market steel buyers' survey are honestly too much to put into print. Some make us laugh. Some make us cringe. Some are cryptic. Most are serious. We appreciate them all. Below are some highlights from our survey results this week. Some of the comments that we can share with you are also included, in italics, in the buyers' own words, with minimal editing on our part.