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The Complete Guide to Selecting Cold-Finished Carbon Steel Bars

Wed Jun 26 2024

What Are Cold Finished Carbon Steel Bars?

Cold-finished bars are produced through a process called cold drawing. In this method, oversized hot-rolled bars that have been cleaned to remove scale are drawn through dies at room temperature to achieve the desired size and shape.

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Simplify Sourcing: Why Customers Trust Us for Hard-to-Find Products and Grades

Mon Jun 10 2024

Steel Cities Steels specializes in sourcing hard-to-find products and specific material grades. Our expertise in this area is one of the key reasons customers trust us for their sourcing needs. We offer a range of products and services, and as a service benefit, we work closely with customers to secure hard-to-find materials.

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Maximizing Efficiency: Overcoming Internal Limitations in Cutting Processes

Mon May 13 2024

In many industries, internal capabilities can be the backbone of operational efficiency. However, overcoming the complexities of in-house limitations can present formidable challenges for many companies. From plasma cutting to saw cutting and production challenges, the struggle is real. We recognize these pain points at Steel Cities Steels, Inc., and offer custom solutions to keep projects on time and within budget.

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Breaking Down Barriers in Service with No Minimum Charges

Thu Apr 11 2024

In the steel supply industry, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Every job is unique, presenting its own set of challenges and requirements. After years of meeting clients on-site, we've uncovered some valuable insights that have shaped our approach to customer service with no minimum charges.

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Five Tips to Select a Steel Partner for Your Plant Expansion Projects

Tue Mar 26 2024

Are you gearing up for a plant expansion, equipment installation, or safety enhancement project? Choosing the right steel supplier is pivotal to the success and efficiency of your project.

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Industrial Equipment and Machinery Manufacturers

Wed Feb 28 2024

Focus on Supply Chain Weakness

Purchasers at industrial equipment and machinery manufacturing companies can face the same struggles: getting specific parts. They order various parts but only need help getting a select few. Steel Cities Steels can help you with this problem!

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How to Measure and Order Steel Grating, Part 3

Sun Jan 28 2024

Common Questions and Answers on Steel Grating

At Steel Cities Steels, our team of sales professionals are available to answer all your questions on how to measure and order steel grating. In the third part video series of How to Measure and Order Steel Grating, Mike Anderson dives into some of the more commonly asked questions.

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How to Measure and Order Steel Grating, Part 2

Sat Jan 27 2024

In an instructional video, Mike Anderson with Steel Cities Steels provides a step-by-step method for measuring grating.

To learn how steel grating can be used in your project, and the types and finishes it is available in, please see How to Measure and Order Steel Grating, part one.

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Quick Guide in Measuring and Ordering Steel Grating

Thu Jan 25 2024

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How to Measure and Order Steel Grating

Are you confident on how to measure and ordering steel grating? If you have a project that requires steel grating you may have several questions: what are the finishes available, how is it sold, and what are the most popular types. In a series of short videos, Mike Anderson, VP of Sales with Steel Cities Steels, will give you instructions on how to measure and order grating for your various projects.

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Plasma and Oxy-fuel Cutting Services by Steel Cities Steels

Mon Nov 27 2023

Do you run into difficulties when cutting plates and sheets to size?

Steel Cities can help! Many customers experience quality issues, suffer from capability limits, or are short-handed and cannot handle the production in-house.

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Steel Cities Steels will deliver or ship to your destination.

Wed Nov 08 2023

Steel Cities Steels ships orders across the continental United States.

Over the last few years, Steel Cities has seen quite an increase in shipping longer distances across the US to many states.

Mike Anderson, VP of Sales, will share with you why existing and new clients came to us when they were in a different state.

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Steel Cities Steels for Your Contractor Jobs

Mon Oct 23 2023

Steel Cities Steels offers top-of-the-line service with contractors.

Lori Harvey with Steel Cities Steels is an outside sales representative helping contractors, fabricators, and manufacturers with steel for jobs and projects. She mainly works with project managers, superintendents, general foremen, engineers, and purchasers. Contractors often need materials such as plate, sheet, flat, angle, channel, beams, and grating, mainly in carbon, stainless, and aluminum.

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Steel Cities Steels for Your Maintenance Projects

Thu Oct 12 2023

Meet Ally Bachmann, Sales Representative with Steel Cities Steels

Ally Bachmann mainly focuses on servicing those in maintenance departments, but she also helps other markets like manufacturing, fabricators, and machine shops. She works directly with maintenance managers, maintenance supervisors, maintenance planners, maintenance techs, operations managers, engineers, production managers and purchasers.

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Steel Cities Steels for Your Equipment Repair Needs

Mon Sep 25 2023

Meet Dylan Schwader, Sales Representative with Steel Cities Steels

Dylan primarily focuses on servicing those in the equipment repair market, but also covers fabrication and equipment manufacturing. Typically, he works with those in service, parts, fleet maintenance, welding, and those responsible for purchasing steel materials.

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Types of Stock Programs

Tue Sep 05 2023

What are stock programs?

Do you need help managing your inventory? Many clients share that they struggle with inventory issues during an onsite visit or conversation. There are different ways to help alleviate these common problems with stock programs. In this article, you will learn about a few programs that your supplier should be able to help you with to avoid inventory issues.

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Reasons for a Stock Program

Thu Aug 17 2023

What happens when you lack the stock you need for your projects?

There can be several reasons for shortages, but most commonly, the grounds are due to supply-chain issues or the lack of actively checking inventory on the racks. Frequent frustration can arise when you realize you need more stock for your projects, which can negatively impact production.

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Popular Steel Products Cut to Size

Mon Jul 24 2023

Steel Cities will cut to size

Steel Cities offers a variety of saw-cutting services. Often, we provide saw-cutting services to help customers stay on track with their projects due to labor issues, customers are out in the field and can not cut material properly, or they need us to supply the product in intervals as the project unfolds. To learn more about the popular steel products we cut, read the blog and watch the short video!

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Saw Cutting, Solving Issues

Fri Jul 07 2023

Why would you need your steel order cut to size?

There are many reasons why customers need their steel order cut to size. Some of the top challenges we hear from customers are that they don’t have the capability on-site, are short-handed due to the labor shortage, and are overwhelmed by their backlog.

In all three of these situations, a good steel supplier should be able to assist you with your cutting needs to keep your projects on track and pick up the slack when you are short-handed.

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Resource Guide for Selecting Hot Rolled A36 Steel Channel

Sat Jun 24 2023

What is Hot Rolled A36 Steel Channel?

Steel channel is a hot rolled product mainly used in structural applications, construction, general fabrication, industrial maintenance, equipment repairs and manufacturing. It comes in a wide variety and range of sizes and thicknesses. The shape of this product offers a great amount of structural strength, rigidity, reinforcement, and support. Channels are one of the most commonly used types of structural steel because of its light weight and strength.

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Lori Harvey voted Outstanding Vendor Representative by ASA Chicago

Wed May 24 2023

Lori Harvey, Outside Sales Representative, on being voted as Outstanding Vendor Representative by ASA Chicago! She will be awarded at the Our Stars are Shining banquet on May 18th!

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What does a discovery meeting look like with Steel Cities Steels?

Wed May 24 2023

Mike Anderson, VP of Sales, describes in this short video the process the sales team at Steel Cities Steels takes during the discovery meeting with a potential new client.

If you are looking for a new steel supplier, you can also use this guideline. Finding the right supplier is essential to your business and projects. They should be asking the right questions to make sure they understand your needs and pain points.

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A Contractor's Guide to Selecting a Structural Steel Supplier

Mon Apr 03 2023

Finding the right structural steel supplier will require you to ask some questions. For example, what are the main types of construction projects they focus on, and what is their area of expertise? Answering these questions will help you find a supplier that's the right fit for you.

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How to Find the Perfect Steel Supplier for Your Needs

Fri Mar 24 2023

Finding the right construction steel supplier is essential, as an engineer, buyer, or project manager.

We all know the importance of keeping projects on time and moving toward the finished product. But with supply chain issues, this can be a monumental task when suppliers need to deliver on a specific product that is limited in availability.

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Steel Cities Steels works with Purdue University MEP

Sat Mar 11 2023

Purdue University MEP and Mike Anderson, VP of Sales, have collaborated through a program designated to assist manufacturers in Indiana.

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The Quick Resource Guide for Selecting Steel Plates

Sat Mar 11 2023

You will learn more about the standard types, sizes, and grades in this quick guide to steel plates, and the importance of selecting a quality supplier.

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