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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How Long Does Copper Last Outside?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on August 31, 2022 | 2 min. read

As many of us in the industry know, Copper (CU) tends to be one of the most sought-after metals for outdoor use. Copper’s properties make it durable and highly resistant to corrosion and weather, allowing it to stand the test of time for hundreds to thousands of years. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why many manufacturers, architects, and construction professionals rely on copper for outdoor applications.

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Tempering Steel

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on August 3, 2022 | 3 min. read

Did you know that tempered steel has been around for centuries? In feudal Japan, bladesmiths would make weapons using tempered metal. They would often place clay around parts of a steel sword, stick it into a furnace and then quench the blade in water.

Although the product may look a little different today, tempered steel is just one of the many heat-treated materials offered here at Mead Metals. To truly comprehend tempered steel, it’s important to understand the benefits of heating steel as a method of strengthening metal.

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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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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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Use These Basic Tests to Identify Metal

Posted by: Jim Wilber on April 14, 2022 | 5 min. read

The most important part of a metal-based project is knowing the exact materials you’re working with. Whether you’re determining which metal to use or trying to order more of an unknown metal you already have, accuracy is essential. 

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Copper Alloy 110 for Thermal Conductivity

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on March 8, 2022 | 2 min. read

Copper alloy 110 has the second-highest electrical conductivity of all metals. If you’re wondering which metal is at the top, it’s silver, but you won't find silver wiring in electrical applications. In addition to the fact it’s considerably more expensive, silver lacks copper's other desirable qualities such as ductility and malleability. So, for the majority of applications requiring electrical and thermal conductivity, copper is the go-to option.

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How We Help Our Customers Figure Out What Metal They Need

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on February 28, 2022 | 5 min. read

More often than not, our customers have a pretty clear idea of what types of metal they need. But that's not always the case. Sometimes a customer comes to us asking, “What types of metal will I need for this project?” When we’re faced with that question, it always helps to start at the beginning.

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Amazing and Surprising Benefits of Stainless Steel

Posted by: Mark Anderson on February 22, 2022 | 4 min. read

Stainless steel is one of the most widely used metals for construction materials. Due to its strength, versatility, and recyclability, stainless steel is the go-to metal choice for a variety of projects including architecture, landscaping, interior construction, and engineering.

In this article, we’ll discuss what stainless steel is used for, what it’s made of, types of stainless steel (focusing on the 300 and 400-grade series), and the many cost benefits when choosing your construction materials.    

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