Steel Demand in North America to Grow by 3 Percent in 2018

 

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South Central Steel
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Andy Schroeder earned a bachelor of science in finance before becoming the president and owner of South Central Steel (SCS), Inc., in Harpersville, Alabama. Having served previously as the vice president of SCS, Andy Schroeder now oversees an entire staff dedicated to providing fabricated structural steel for construction purposes.

North America is expected to witness a steady growth in steel demand this year. According to a report from the World Steel Association, demand will increase by 3 percent in 2018, whereas the following year it’s expected to experience growth of just 1.8 percent. The report adds that global steel demand should reach 1.6 billion tons this year.

A high level of investment is seen as one of the factors contributing to this year’s increased demand. The growth rate is expected to slow in 2019, however, due to rising interest rates and subsiding demand in China.

The World Steel Association is a non-profit organization based in Belgium. Founded in 1967, it now represents more than 160 producers of steel around the world.

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The Advantages of Custom-Fabricated Steel Beams

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South Central Steel
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As president and owner of South Central Steel, Inc., (SCS) Andrew “Andy” R. Schroeder guides a company that offers a host of industrial and commercial construction solutions. Andy Schroeder and the SCS team employ fabricated structural steel of the highest quality to facilitate the construction of schools, government buildings, and industrial structures.

Projects that require custom-fabricated steel beams begin with a metal fabricator utilizing leading-edge software to evaluate and interpret blueprints and diagrams. A welder then uses torches and other tools to warp the steel beams into dimensions that meet detailed specifications.

The use of custom fabricated beams offers a number of advantages over standard rolled beams. While traditional beams are available in a number of sizes, standard dimensions are employed. This makes them most suitable for standardized applications that meet structural needs such as angles, channels, plates, and beams. In the hands of an experienced metal fabricator, however, steel offers the flexibility to create original shapes and sizes that meet the requirements of creative architectural designs and help maximize space.