Brief news items on financials, promotions, new hires, awards, special projects, etc., in the PVF industry.

People making news

  • Scott Barnes has become vice president-commercial for IPSCO Tubulars Inc., responsible for all sales activities for standard pipe, casing, tubing, small diameter line pipe and structural tubing in the U.S.

  • Dick Clayden has been named general manager of the Houston Regional Center of Tioga Supply Co.

  • Todd A. Slater has been promoted to vice president and CFO of Chase Industries and vice president and controller of Chase Brass & Copper Co. Inc. The company also announced that Michael T. Segraves has resigned those positions to pursue other business opportunities. Chase Brass' "Blue Dot" trademark rod is used to produce plumbing fixtures and a variety of other products.

  • Thomas Conley has resigned as president of the Steel Service Center Institute, headquartered in Chicago, to accept a similar position with the Toy Industry Association in New York.

    Company transitions

  • Houston Tubulars Inc. has acquired an additional 23-acre tract of land adjacent to its present 27-acre facility in Pearland, Texas outside of Houston. The expansion will allow for installation of a concrete removal and/or fusion bond epoxy removal plant, as well as additional storage space.

  • TPS Holdings of Baton Rouge, La., announced a name change to Edgen Corp. Edgen is a supplier of PVF to the energy industries with six operating divisions: Bartow Steel, Bartow Steel International, Radnor Alloys, Resource Pipe Co., Thomas Pipe and Thomas Steel.

    Economic news

  • Manufacturing declined for the 13th consecutive month in August, although the overall economy grew for the 3rd month in a row, said the nation's purchasing and supply management executives in the latest manufacturing survey of the National Association of Purchasing Management. Overall, the NAPM report was slightly encouraging, noting a slowdown in the rate of decline and production and new orders growing.

  • Starved for some good economic news? Consider that after three decades of slowing population growth, the 2000 U.S. Census found the population growing at a robust 13% between 1990 and 2000. The 32.7 million people added over that decade represented the largest 10-year population increase in U.S. history, including the baby boom of the 1950s and the immigration boom of the early 1900s.

    International beat

  • Dahl Brothers Canada, a valve and specialty manufacturer, took time to express condolences to "Our American Friends" following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Their message read: "We are shocked and outraged at the atrocities that were committed against the United States of America. Flags across Canada are flying at half-mast, and our prayers are with you as you work to recover from this disaster. God Bless America."

  • Dec. 19, 2001 is a key date for those watching the International Trade Commission 201 investigation into foreign steel dumping. That's when the ITC and U.S. Trade Representative are scheduled to forward their recommendations to the President.