Rebar top gun Nucor wires renewable energy into steelmaking loop

Sources: Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C.; CP staff Leading concrete reinforcing steel producer and fabricator Nucor has signed a 15-year Virtual Power Purchase Agreement with EDF Renewables North America for 250 megawatts of new solar array-derived energy in Texas. A first for Nucor, the agreement positions EDF Renewables to add more clean energy to the South Central power grid and becomes…

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Pacific Steel cites antitrust violations in Commercial Metals suit

Sources: Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, San Francisco; CP staff San Diego-based rebar fabricator and installer Pacific Steel Group (PSG) seeks damages and injunctive relief in a suit alleging federal antitrust and California business practices law violations by Commercial Metals Co. (CMC), Irving, Texas, and its principal plant builder, Danieli Corp., Cranberry Township, Pa. The suit details the efficiency of…

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Trimble improves rebar, hollowcore detailing in Tekla Structures

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The latest solutions for Trimble’s advanced Building Information Modeling and structural engineering software—Tekla Structures 2020, Tekla Structural Designer 2020 and Tekla Tedds 2020—were unveiled last month at ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas. New Tekla Structures features enable efficient workflows for better productivity, increased mobility and collaboration across project teams, including:

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Rebar crew organizing opportunity eludes territorial Iron Workers

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

A National Labor Relations Board official has dismissed an International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Philadelphia Council petition to conduct a representation election for a proposed bargaining unit under Ohio-based rebar placement specialist R&R Steel LLC.

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U.S. producers trigger probe of rebar imported from Mexico

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

The Commerce Department has initiated an inquiry to determine if concrete reinforcing steel bar, bent at one or both ends, circumvents existing antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders covering imports from Mexico. The action responds to requests from domestic operators Byer Steel, Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, Commercial Metals, Gerdau Ameristeel, Nucor Corp. and Steel Dynamics. 

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Foundation backs high strength rebar research

Sources: Charles Pankow Foundation, McLean, Va.; CP staff

The Charles Pankow Foundation’s latest grant will help fund a project, “Foundation Mats with High Strength Steel Reinforcement,” under principal investigator Jack Moehle, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Project findings stand to further validate the case for elevated rebar strength thresholds in American Concrete Institute and model building code language. Joining the Pankow Foundation as research allies are the ACI Foundation and Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Education and Research Foundation.

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Commercial Metals completes $600M Gerdau rebar shop, mill deal

Sources: Commercial Metals Co., Dallas; CP staff

Commercial Metals has solidified its stake in concrete reinforcing products by acquiring 33 U.S. rebar fabrication facilities, plus California, Florida, New Jersey and Tennessee steel mills from Gerdau S.A. The $600 million transaction represents what CMC Chairman and CEO Barbara Smith calls “an important step in our strategy to be the leading concrete reinforcing specialist as well as a significant provider of merchant and wire rod products. With our expanded geographic footprint and added operational flexibility, this transaction supports our vertically integrated steel making model and will leverage our existing rebar manufacturing technology and customer service competencies.”

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Steel fiber specialist adds capacity as infrastructure market prospects grow

Sources: Helix Steel, Grand Rapids, Mich.; CP staff

Helix Steel is stepping up production of its namesake Twisted Steel Micro Rebar, citing higher sales fueled by a renewed focus on rebuilding tunnels, highways, bridges, dams and other critical infrastructure. Capacity expansion reaffirms what management calls a “commitment to continued ISO 9001:2015-certified American manufacturing, increasing jobs, and driving local economic development in and around Grand Rapids, Michigan.”

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Contractor settles with feds in case of defective rebar, lax QC

Source: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); CP staff

DOJ recently announced an agreement whereby Energy & Process Corp. (E&P) will pay $4.6 million to resolve a lawsuit alleging the Tucker, Ga., contractor knowingly failed to perform required quality assurance procedures and supplied defective steel reinforcing bars in connection with a Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear waste treatment facility contract.

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