Why The Lowest Material Price Isn't Always Better

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on November 30, 2021 | 3 min. read

Let’s say you want to buy a car. You have the option of buying a high mileage vehicle for $5,000, or you could buy a slightly newer, lower mileage vehicle for $9,000. 

Obviously, you have to fork up an extra four thousand dollars for the nicer vehicle, but you have to weigh your options when it comes to what’s most important to you: a more reliable vehicle, or a lower overall price that may break the bank when you have car issues in a few months. 

It’s a similar idea when comparing metal prices. Depending on the crucial quality requirements of your project, sourcing materials like steel, copper, or bronze at the lowest cost could drive up your overall cost later. 

Finding the lowest material price and finding the lowest material price that meets your specific needs are two very different things. 

So, this drives us to an important question.

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The Quality vs Price tradeoff in Metal Products [Infographic]

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on November 11, 2021 | 2 min. read

We've all heard the phrase, "you get what you pay for," and metal purchasing is no exception. To help you understand how the price of metal products is oftentimes related to quality, take a glance at the following handy infographic.

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What Value-Add Services Does A Metal Service Center Provide?

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on October 21, 2021 | 3 min. read

If you think you can go to two different metal service centers and get the same value-add services, you’d be mistaken. Depending on the equipment, capabilities, and general know-how of the center you work with, these locations could offer entirely different services than other metal service centers nearby.

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4 Questions to Ask Your Metal Supplier

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on June 29, 2021 | 3 min. read

When searching for and qualifying a new metal supplier, here are our responses to four of the most common questions.

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Employees Will Help U.S. Become Number One Economy in the World

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on February 25, 2021 | 4 min. read

If you knew today that the U.S. economy would look stronger and better 10—or even 100—years from now, would you change the way you plan, forecast, and manage your day-to-day activities? How about your outlook and plans for 2021?

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Mead Metals Customer Feature: Engel Diversified Industries

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on January 12, 2021 | 2 min. read

The customer relationships that stand the test of time have so much to teach us. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to someone who’s worked with Mead Metals to source material for over 28 years—as long as they’ve been with the company. Below, I’ve shared some highlights from this conversation with the VP of Sales and Marketing at Engel Diversified Industries. 

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Mead Metals Customer Feature: HSI Metal Stamping

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on November 18, 2020 | 3 min. read

Have you ever known somebody so long that you can’t even remember how you met? That just happened to be the case during a recent conversation with the President of HSI Metal Stamping. Our two companies have been working together before both of our times. I guess it’s just the sort of thing that happens when both companies started up in the early 60s and 70s. Still, we had a great conversation about our more recent working history. You know, the past two or three decades. 

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Why Edge Rolling and Conditioning Matter

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on October 12, 2020 | 3 min. read

Nobody, and I mean nobody, wants to get caught on a raw or ragged edge of metal. For all of its uses and applications, metal requires care during handling. After it's cut or sheared, metal material can be left with sharp, uneven edges. These edges can easily scratch or cut handlers, and it can also be difficult to feed through machines for processing. Edge rolling and conditioning effectively eliminates these issues. 

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Our Biggest Bend Test: A Manufacturer’s Reflections on COVID-19

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on September 30, 2020 | 3 min. read

Whether you’re looking at the industrial level or the individual one, COVID-19 has made a lasting impact. At the beginning of 2020, nobody really knew what the impact would be, and to a degree we still don’t. Undoubtedly, the ways we live and work have changed. I believe every area of industry has a unique story to tell. Here’s an inside look at our experience as a specialty metal vendor located in St. Paul, MN.

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What Secondary Services Can I Get with My Metal Materials?

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on May 18, 2020 | 2 min. read

When you’re in the market for metal material the first thing you need to find is a supplier who carries — or is able to source — the type of metal you need. Next, it’s about quantity. Some vendors only deal in larger quantities, making it difficult to source smaller volumes, like five or fifteen pounds. Once you’ve found the material type and the quantity, the next consideration is whether you need sheet or coil and what lengths and widths of materials you require.

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