Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

For our USA customers welcome back from the Memorial Day Holiday weekend.

Our scrap sources are advising us that as of today they are not aware of any cancellations of existing ferrous scrap orders by the domestic steel mills. This expectation is for a “soft sideways” market, meaning prices would remain the same, although there are some who think the South/Southeast may be down slightly due to better scrap flows due to some large demolition jobs in the South as well as what impact the foreign scrap bought by Nucor will have on supply. We will continue to watch the scrap markets closely and will report over the weekend or early next week once pricing comes into focus.

Over the next few days Steel Market Update (SMU) will be announcing the filling of the final few holes in our SMU Steel Summit Conference agenda. We will be announcing a major keynote speaker who will be speaking right after lunch on Wednesday, August 30th. We will also be announcing the filling of our panel about attracting young people into the steel and manufacturing industries. In typical SMU fashion, that panel will be made up of highly motivated young executives who have impressive resumes and some interesting perspectives they want to share with the industry.

You will want to make your flight arrangements out of Atlanta for 5 PM or later (the conference center is 10 minutes from the ATL airport and there is no traffic to slow down your arrival).

The 2017 SMU Steel Summit Conference will have the strongest program, most entertaining from top to bottom, educational for all that attend (actionable intelligence) and the best networking for a steel/manufacturing event in North America. Come join the other 350+ manufacturing & steel executives who have already registered (with 90 days to go – we are expecting 500+) by going to or by contacting any of our offices: 800-432-3475/772-932-7538/706-216-2140 or

We will publish a new Premium newsletter tomorrow (Wednesday). Included with be our Key Market Indicators (KMI) which continues to post positive/optimistic results.

Our next flat rolled steel market trends analysis will be sent out next Monday, June 5th.

June 5th is also the first day for Tim Triplett at Steel Market Update. You will be able to reach Tim next week on his new email:

As always, your business is truly appreciated by all of us here at Steel Market Update.

John Packard, Publisher

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