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SJF Site Redesign recently underwent a new page redesign that should help customers to better find what they are looking for in a more ‘user-friendly’ format.

For example – the Teardrop Pallet Rack page used to contain several very long tables of inventory & pricing information.  Now, though the tables are still there, they are sectioned into tabbed content allowing users to more easily access only that information they want to view.

A new pallet racks page has also been created to provide quick access to the most useful pallet rack pages on’s website.

One of the other big improvements includes a quick-access menu bar along the top of each page.  This bar contains links to all of the most useful pages on SJF’s entire website within quick and easy reach from anywhere on the site.

Several other changes & improvements have been made behind the scenes to ensure site visitors get the most out of any page they visit on  As always – SJF welcomes feedback and suggestions from customers on how to further improve the website.

US scrap prices heading down in Oct

US scrap market players are expecting lower scrap prices next month, they tell Steel Business Briefing.

“It appears the market will be down by $20-25/long ton due to the lack of new export business,” said one source in the Mid-Atlantic states.

USW sees no conflict in China trade case, energy agreement

The United Steelworkers union says the section 301 trade case it filed last week against Chinese practices is separate but complementary to the agreement it signed last month with two Chinese power generation companies.

The 301 case asks the US trade representative to investigate five areas of “protectionist and predatory practices” used by the Chinese to develop their green sector at the expense of US jobs and production.

Online Pallet Rack – “Best Price Guarantee”

SJF Material Handling Inc. in Winsted MN. has announced the release of its  ” Best Price Guarantee” promotion on all pallet rack products  now offered in it’s online store during the month of September. View SJF online at  In business since 1979, SJF is a premier stocking distributor of Meculux  / Interlake pallet rack and tear drop style pallet and storage rack products & systems. SJF Material Handling carries the Nation’s largest inventory of new & used material handling products. A  nationwide distributor of material handling products for over 30 years. SJF’s e-store provides online shoppers looking to purchase material handling equipment online with a safe and secure online payment capability utilizing Verisign encryption technologies for credit card payment processing with both Visa and Mastercard.

US steel prices could pick up near-term then slide into 2011

US steel prices could see a short-term bump on the back of increasing scrap prices, but most likely will follow a downward trend into the first quarter of next year, according to the market research manager of a major American coated flats distributor.

Cleveland-based Majestic Steel’s Josh Spoores says in a monthly report distributed to clients and industry observers that a combination of market conditions has him leaning toward a scenario of falling prices through year-end and into early 2011.

Source: Steel Business Briefing

RMDAS US scrap price index up for August

An index compiled by Management Science Associates (MSA) shows significant price increases in August for two of the three grades it tracks.

On average, MSA’s RMDAS (Raw Material Data Aggregation Service) shows prices changing from July(on a delivered-mill basis) by as little as a $3/long ton decrease, to as much as a $28/l.t increase.

Wire Decking From China Does Not Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that a U.S. industry is neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by reason of imports of wire decking from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and Commissioners Daniel R. Pearson, Shara L. Aranoff, and Dean A. Pinkert voted in the negative. Commissioners Charlotte R. Lane and Irving A. Williamson voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission’s negative determinations, no antidumping or countervailing duty order will be issued on imports of the product from China.

The Commission’s public report Wire Decking for China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-466 and 731-TA-1162 (Final), USITC Publication 4172, July 2010) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after August 10, 2010, by emailing, calling 202/205-2000, or by writing the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202/205-2104.

US scrap market apparently strengthening for August

US scrap market apparently strengthening for August

US scrap sources tell Steel Business Briefing the market for August appears to be heading slightly upward, at least tentatively, following several months of declining prices.

“There is no question that the market is firming and will be up $10 to $20 a long ton in August – but (it’s) not a real up market,” said one source on the US west coast.

Source: Steel Business Briefing

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