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Wednesday SMU Community Chat with Preston Pipe's Rick Preckel

Written by Michael Cowden

Preston Pipe Partner Rick Preckel will be the speaker at Steel Market Update’s next Community Chat webinar.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 3, at 11 a.m. ET and is free to those looking to learn more about the interplay between the steel and energy markets.

 SMU CRU LogoJoining Rick will be SMU Senior Editor Michael Cowden. Rick and Michael will discuss the rebound in oil prices and what a reinvigorated energy sector might mean for steel demand.

You can register for next week’s webinar by clicking here or by going to

About Rick Preckel and Preston Pipe

Preston Pipe is a consulting, market research, and reporting firm that specializes in steel pipe and tube data, analysis, and related services. It was founded in 1982.

Preckel has been in the steel industry since 1985, when he started his career at Maverick Tube. He held increasingly senior roles at the pipe and tube producer, including vice president of strategic services and president and CEO of Prudential Steel, a Maverick Tube subsidiary. He, along with another steel veteran, Paul Vivian, purchased Preston Pipe in 2006.

Preckel is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he received a bachelor of science in business administration.

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