Red Iron Range Hoods - A Mead Metals Success Story

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on September 6, 2022 | 2 min. read

Since our start in 1961, Mead Metals has had the opportunity to work with a variety of skilled blacksmiths, business owners, and artisans. Today we would like to feature Mike Route — a Wisconsin–based artist, award-winning blacksmith, and the owner/operator of Red Iron Studio. Among his professional ironwork, Mike has found a unique application for copper sheet metal: custom range hoods. Let’s learn a bit more about Mike, his work, and how Mead Metals helped him get where he is today.

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The Mead Metals Reject Policy

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on July 21, 2022 | 5 min. read

In addition to providing the highest quality materials for our customers, Mead Metals is committed to delivering exceptional customer service throughout every interaction. It’s one of the main reasons our company lives up to its ISO certification and remains one of the nation’s premier distributors of specialty metals.

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How Market Volatility Affects Steel Prices and What That Means for Order Quantities

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on July 20, 2022 | 3 min. read

If you’ve paid any attention to the news over the past two years, you’ve noticed markets across many industries falling victim to volatility brought on by lagging production and increased demand. Many influences have caused this, most notably the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and the potential recessions many countries are currently facing. 

Steel is no stranger to fluctuating market conditions, and many fear the possibility of a volatile steel market where demand and price plummet, leaving suppliers with large quantities of steel and nobody to purchase. Let’s look at what market volatility is, what it means to the steel industry, what some of the causes may be, and how it affects demand and price. 

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How Much Lead Time Does a Metal Service Center Need?

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on July 12, 2022 | 2 min. read

Metal service centers provide an essential role within many industries, all of which seem to be working in a just-in-time environment. Knowing a material order's lead time and whether or not it’s a time you can rely on can make a world of difference, especially when a failure to meet deadlines can have a significant impact on your bottom line. So, let’s get back to the question: how much lead time does a metal supplier need? Like with many situations, the truest answer is also the least satisfying: it depends.

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A Look at Mead Metals' Full Inventory

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on June 21, 2022 | 5 min. read

Since 1961, Mead Metals has taken pride in our ability to respond to customers’ requests quickly and consistently. Our superior inventory is one of the main reasons we can prioritize the success of our customers and their businesses. We also have experience and expertise in procurement and quality assurance, making us a trusted source for top-tier metal products. Whether your needs are large or small, Mead Metals is committed to helping you fulfill them with high-quality inventory and services.

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What Sets Mead Metals Apart?

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on June 17, 2022 | 2 min. read

Since our start in 1961, Mead Metals has taken pride in our customer service, the quality of our materials, and our record of on-time delivery. We know that customer satisfaction is what keeps our business strong. It’s also what we believe in as part of the Midwestern culture we like to call “Minnesota Nice.” 

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A Metal Supplier with On-Time Delivery, Every Time

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on June 14, 2022 | 2 min. read

When working with Mead Metals, you can rest assured knowing your order will arrive on time. Our company tracks how well we meet or exceed quoted lead times, and we’ve found our estimates to be accurate 99.98% of the time. So when you receive a quoted delivery date, you can be confident that your materials will arrive when expected.

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What Is Minimum Order Quantity in Metal Manufacturing?

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on April 14, 2022 | 5 min. read

If you’ve spent any time in the metal supply industry, you may have noticed three letters strung together: MOQ, or “minimum order quantity.”

It’s a phrase we use often. But what does MOQ mean in manufacturing? And how does Mead Metals’ MOQ policy benefit you?

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How Our Customer Service Team Sets the Bar for Metal Suppliers

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on April 5, 2022 | 3 min. read

As a whole, the metal service center industry isn’t known for providing great customer service. That’s a tough stigma to overcome, and it’s one of the reasons we’re committed to keeping quality service as a primary focus of our business.

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5 Reasons to Choose Mead Metals as Your Metal Service Center

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on March 29, 2022 | 3 min. read

It should come as no surprise that I think being a Mead Metals customer is a great idea — I’m their director of sales. But over my time at Mead, I’ve come to recognize five distinct reasons why working with Mead Metals rises above other steel and metal service centers.

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