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History and Composition: The Resilience of Stainless Steel

Posted by Don Ascione on July 22, 2015

Stainless steel has become such a common metal that it’s used in everything from home appliances and cutlery to chemical and pharmaceutical, medical, and oil and gas applications. It is so commonly seen by everyone that it is difficult to remember that there was a time when stai

nless steel did not exist. 

A History Lesson

Through the early 1900s, advances and discoveries were made that led to the industrialization of stainless steel. In 1912, an English researcher named Harry Brearley discovered stainless steel alloy while searching for ways to create gun barrels that were resistant to corrosion. After applying for a patent, Brearley discovered that an American named Elwood Haynes had also applied for a patent. Brearley and Haynes pooled their funds and formed the American Stainless Steel Corporation.

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Topics: stainless steel, steel, metal composition, construction metals

Mexico City Construction- On the Comeback Trail

Posted by Don Ascione on June 24, 2015

There's no denying that there was a serious slowdown in the construction industry in Mexico City around 2012 and 2013. General economic lethargy had a huge impact on construction, as both commercial and residential consumers worried about their financial futures. The end result was a Mexico City construction industry that contracted for 9 straight months in 2013 with an overall loss of 4.5%.

 As it turns out, it truly was the darkest before the dawn, as 2014 saw steady growth and the 4th quarter of last year saw Mexico's economy grow at its largest rate in two years. The GDP climbed 2.6% from 2013 to 2014, and most experts are predicting a breakout construction year in 2015.

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Topics: international sales, stainless steel, construction metals, construction, Mexico

Common Metals in the Construction Industry

Posted by Adam Ascione on March 2, 2015

Chosen for their durability, strength and resistance to weather, metals used in the construction industry serve a wide range of functions. The most common of them are carbon steel, aluminum, copper tubing and stainless steel, which each have their particular qualities and ideal uses. As a whole, however, these metals are ubiquitous in the world of buildings and architecture, in applications both small and large.

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Topics: construction metals, construction

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