Mike Miazga 2017-02-07 04:48:29
CHICAGO TUBE & IRON PROMOTES VAZQUEZ Chicago Tube & Iron recently announced the promotion of Elidia Vazquez to process engineering manager. In this position, Vazquez will provide leadership and direction to Chicago Tube & Iron’s Fabrication Division to ensure the efficient processing and delivery of products that meet customer expectations. She also will coordinate the estimating and processing of products that flow through the Fabrication Division. Vazquez has spent her entire career at Chicago Tube & Iron, beginning as a secretary for the Chicago PVF department and was promoted to inside sales a short time later. She also worked in the Boiler Tube Division in inside sales/CAD drafter SERVICE METAL PLANS FOR ITS FUTURE St. Louis-based industrial PVF master distributor Service Metal announced a pair of recent moves aimed at further growing the company’s footprint. Service Metal purchased the inventory of Prime Piping Products last fall from Unique Valve. “We did this to help bolster our flange inventory in light of the anti-dumping suit (see related DOC item below),” Service Metal President Tim Williamson said. “It has helped to introduce a new group of customers and helped us keep competitive in the volatile flange market.” In other Service Metal news, the company’s ownership changed hands, but remains in the Hammersmith family. Williamson and his wife, Christina (Service Metal’s CEO), will officially lead Service Metal going forward. Christina Williamson’s parents, Bob and Cynthia Hammersmith, were the previous owners. “Bob and Cynthia were ready to pass the torch to the next generation after 35 years of leadership,” Tim Williamson said. “Christina and I are excited by the opportunity they have given us. We hope to continue the excellent standards of customer service set by the Hammersmiths.” Williamson lauded the Service Metal executive management team, which also includes Executive GM Jim Fears, National Sales Manager Ken Gebhardt and Houston Branch Manager Kevin Hyman. “We have a great management team in place with Jim, Ken and Kevin,” Williamson said. “We believe our model will continue to gain traction in the years to come.” — Mike Miazga DOC MAKES AFFIRMATIVE ANTIDUMPING RULING Just prior to press time, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its affirmative preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty investigations of imports of finished carbon steel flanges from India, Italy and Spain. As a result of the preliminary affirmative determinations, Commerce will instruct U. S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits based on the preliminary rates it found in its investigations, which cover finished carbon steel flanges. Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determinations on or about April 12, unless the statutory deadline is extended. If Commerce makes affirmative final determinations and the U.S. International Trade Commission makes affirmative final determinations that imports of finished carbon steel flanges from India, Italy and/or Spain materially injure or threaten material injury to the domestic industry, Commerce will issue antidumping orders. If either Commerce’s or the ITC’s final determinations are negative, no antidumping orders will be issued. The ITC is scheduled to make its final injury determination in May 2017. This ongoing action is in response to Weldbend Corp., and Boltex Mfg. Co., two U.S.-based producers of carbon steel flanges, filing petitions last year within Commerce and the ITC 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.
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