MRC Global acquires Texas company MRC Global announced in early January it acquired the operating assets of Midland, Texas-based Production Specialty Services. Production Specialty Services has 18 service locations and one distribution center in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford shale regions of Texas and New Mexico. “We are pleased to have completed this acquisition and welcome all Production Specialty Services employees to MRC,” said Andrew Lane, MRC chairman, president and CEO. “I look forward to combining our strengths to better serve our customers in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford shale regions.” In other MRC Global news, the company appointed Scott A. Hutchinson to the position of executive vice president Canada. Hutchinson takes over for the retiring Rick Endersby. Bakersfield Pipe & Supply announces new partnership Bakersfi eld Pipe & Supply is partnering with United Kingdom value actuator manufacturer and control systems specialist Paladon Systems to supply all quarter-turn and linear valve actuators for the U.S. market. “One of BPS’ key strengths is making sure we stock the products our customers typically require,” Bakersfield Pipe & Supply President Dan Byrum said. “After stocking pipe, valves and fittings for many years we realized stocking a comprehensive range of valve actuators would complement these product lines and increase the total value we bring to our customers’ operations.” Byrum added the California-based company over the last five years has noticed a decline in domestic valve actuator manufacturing that has resulted in increased lead times for customers. “By investing in a large stock of valve actuators we can provide significantly reduced lead times,” Byrum said. “Paladon Systems actuators also are fully modular, so that allows us to stock numerous sizes of cylinders, spring-cartridges and scotch-yoke housings to meet the vast majority of valve torque characteristics we typically see, and offer optimal actuator sizes to reduce the cost and size to our customers.” Paladon Systems Managing Director Brian Ennever said entering the U.S. market made sense for the company going forward. “To be successful with our more conventional products lines it has always been clear we would have to partner with a progressive U.S. company that has the technical and commercial experience to gain market share and, just as importantly, be willing to invest in a very significant amount of stock to overcome shipping issues,” Ennever said. “BPS fits these requirements perfectly. The partnership gives our U.S. customers improved service and easier access to advanced valve automation technologies that have previously been unavailable to them.” Corrotherm International USA opens Houston-area facility The Corrotherm International Group of Companies has expanded into the U.S. with a 46,000-sq.-ft. facility located just outside Houston in Stafford, Texas. The U.S. operation allows Corrotherm to develop a strong presence in the North American domestic market, as well as strategically reach customers in South America. Corrotherm International USA’s facility stocks pipe, fittings and flanges in various nickel alloys, including C276, nickel 200/201, alloy 400, 600, 625, 800H/HT and 825. All pipe and fittings are produced by recognized and approved manufacturers. CI USA is equipped to handle large projects as well as quick-delivery orders. CI USA’s team includes veteran nickel alloy salesmen Mike Bordelon and Jason Jones, Managing Director Robert Nunn and General Manager Piers Cooper. Shipment slowdown continues in December The Metals Service Center Institute reports steel shipments in the U.S. totaled 2.5 million tons in December 2012, a 14.4% decrease from December 2011. A total of 41.2 million tons of steel was shipped in 2012, a 1.3% decrease compared to 2011. Steel inventories were up to 8.5 million tons in December 2012, a 2. 4% increase from December 2011 and up 4.6% from November 2012. At the current shipping rate this represents 3.4 months of supply, a 19.6% increase from 2011. In December, 91,900 tons of aluminum were shipped by U. S. service centers, a 15.9% decrease from December 2011.Aluminum shipments reached 1.5 million tons in 2012, a 0.9% decrease from 2011. There were 365,600 tons of aluminum products in inventory at the end of December 2012, a 2.4% increase from December 2011 and a 0.1% increase from November 2012. This represents four months of inventory at the current shipping rate, a 21.9% increase from 2011.
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