MERFISH PIPE & SUPPLY ACQUIRES KLOECKNER METALS Houston-based Merfish Pipe & Supply recently announced it has purchased the assets of Kloeckner Metals’ master pipe distribution business located in Lakeland, Fla., Charlotte, N. C., Houston, Stockton, Calif., and Fontana, Calif. Merfish is a 96-year-old master distributor of carbon-steel pipe, fittings and flanges serving distributors in the United States. Merfish’s products included carbon-steel welded and seemless pipe, carbon-steel seamless pipe fittings and carbon-steel forged flanges. Merfish is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merfish Pipe Holdings, which is majority owned by One Equity partners. Kloeckner Metals Corp., is headquartered in Roswell, Ga., and consists of three business segments: Flat Rolled Group, Heavy Carbon Group and Special Products Group. The core business of Kloeckner Metals is the warehousing, processing and distribution of steel and nonferrous metals. Customers are supplied from 50 distribution locations by about 2,500 employees. DEACON INDUSTRIAL HOSTS INNOVATION DAY Deacon Industrial Supply recently partnered with Victaulic Fire Protection Solutions for an innovation day at Deacon’s facility in Pennsylvania. Deacon officials noted the event drew a packed house with customers able to see the latest Victaulic products. Nate Sharpless, director of sales — fire protection, as well as other representatives from Victaulic, were on hand for demonstrations and questions. Deacon operates out of a 150,000-sq.-ft. facility in Harleysville, Pa., and its newest branch location in Camp Hill, Pa. WELDBEND, BOLTEX FILE TRADE PETITIONS AGAINST INDIA, SPAIN AND ITALY Weldbend Corp., and Boltex Mfg. Co., two U.S.- based producers of carbon-steel flanges, recently filed petitions within the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission charging that unfairly priced and subsidized imports of carbon-steel flanges from India, Spain and Italy are causing material injury to the domestic industry. The antidumping and countervailing petitions seek the enforcement and compliance of Indian, Spanish and Italian manufacturers with U.S. and international trade laws. Boltex and Weldbend charge that unfairly traded imports of carbon-steel flanges from India, Spain and Italy are causing material injury to the American industry of carbon-steel flanges, as these foreign producers are selling their products in the American market at prices less than their fair value and are thereby significantly undercutting American market prices. The countervailing duty petition also alleges the Indian government has given significant subsidies to the Indian carbon-steel flanges industry – to the severe detriment of American jobs and manufacturing. “Together with Boltex, we are filing these petitions on behalf of American producers to offset the unfair advantage that Indian, Italian and Spanish producers have gained through actions that are in contravention of the law,” said James J. Coulas Jr., owner and president of Argo, Ill.-based Weldbend. Boltex President and Chairman of the Board Frank Bernobich added: “The prices at which these foreign-made flanges are coming into the U.S. market are unbelievably low and they are consistently undercutting us. We can compete with anyone as long as that competition takes place on a level playing field. However, it’s impossible for these flanges to be considered fairly priced.” Weldbend and Boltex note American manufacturers have been increasingly injured by the unfair competition occurring in the U. S. carbon-steel flanges market and American manufacturing jobs are being lost as a result. The ITC’s preliminary injury determination was expected in mid-August and the DOC is anticipated to issue its preliminary countervailing duty determination by late September and its preliminary antidumping determinations by early December. After the issuance of DOC’s preliminary determinations, importers of covered Indian, Spanish and Italian carbon-steel flanges will be required to make cash deposits in the amount of the DOC’s preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty margins. A final determination is expected within 75 days from the preliminary determinations. COUTERMARSH TO RECEIVE ASA IPD AWARD OF EXCELLENCE The Executive Council of the American Supply Association’s Industrial Piping Division recently announced Ernie Coutermarsh, senior vice president for industrial business development with Bed ford, Mass.-based F. W. Webb Co., has been selected to receive the IPD Award of Excellence. The award will be presented to Coutermarsh during the IPD Breakfast sponsored by Anderson Metals Corp., on Thursday Sept. 29, at NETWORK2016 in New York City. The IPD Executive Council noted: “Ernie is well-known and respected by his colleagues and customers as an honorable partner and dedicated professional. After proudly serving four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, he has done the same for his organization and the industrial PVF industry for nearly 50 years. Having held fast to his values – honesty, sincerity, loyalty – Ernie’s voice commands respect and his influence is unequaled. His applications of knowledge and exemplary leadership qualities have profoundly influenced decisions and actions that have propelled success for so many people and companies throughout the industry. Ernie Coutermarsh is the embodiment of a true statesman for our industry’s proud legacy.” Upon the decision to select Coutermarsh as the recipient of the IPD Award of Excellence, Brian Tuohey, chairman of the IPD and president of The Collins Companies, stated: “Ernie is so highly regarded throughout his own organization and our industry and he certainly carries the gravitas required of a recipient of the IPD Award of Excellence. His willingness to share so much of his knowledge and expertise coupled with his influence within our industry has helped ASA and its Industrial Piping Division continue to grow and flourish as it does today.”
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