>> IPSCO plans to increase its OCTG heat treat capacity at its Calgary, Alberta plant by more then 70%, and to increase its casing product range through modifications to tubular operations at both its Calgary and Regina, Saskatchewan operations.

>> Victaulic released its new Vic 3D Piping Software designed for AutoCAD drawings that include Victaulic carbon steel, copper, ductile iron, HDPE, and stainless steel piping materials. The free software and upgrade are available on CD-ROM or for download at

>> LASCO Fittings has revamped its CD Product Catalog. The cdCatalog has a new look and features that include interactive calculators to determine water hammer, friction head loss, pipe sizing, and pipe design properties. Visit for information.

>> Cost of nonferrous pipe, tube and fittings rose 14.5% in the Producer Price Index between July 2005 and July 2004, compared with a -0.4% decline in the previous year-to-year comparison.