Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

First, a warm thank you to Tim Triplett, Sandy Williams and Brett Linton for filling in for me as I took a few days off to attend a Board of Trustees meeting in Minnesota (I left Florida to go to Minnesota?).

Since I have been out of pocket for the past four days, I will be brief with my final thoughts this evening.

We will begin our next flat rolled and plate steel market trends analysis on Monday morning. We will issue invitations at 8 a.m. ET and will collect responses through Thursday morning. If you receive an invitation, please take a few minutes to answer the first question at the bottom of the email, which will then take you to the rest of the questionnaire.

Happy anniversary to Section 232 tariffs. It was March 2018 when President Trump ordered the tariffs. We will look at the past year in a number of ways to see if the tariffs are hurting or helping manufacturing, distribution, steel mills and trading companies along with those associated with those segments of the industry. If you would like to share your observations and how 232 has been impacting your business, please send me an email:

Both Tim Triplett and I will be at the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association annual meeting in Nashville on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Another busy week for SMU and the steel industry.

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

John Packard, President & CEO

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