February 4, 2009
- Building on Progress Central to 2009 Plans
  Now that 2009 is upon us, its time for an update on what the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) has planned for the year. Like many of you, SFA has felt the pressure of the economic downturn. However, we are committed to wisely using the resources entrusted to us by our members and investors and to aggressively move forward to address some significant issues facing the industry.
- Stimulus Plan Is the Big Hope For Steel Firms
  Add America's steelmakers to those looking to President Obama for change -- though the change might not be as much as investors and companies had hoped for. More
- Nearly 9 In 10 (86%) American Adults Favor Buy America Requirements for Stimulus Bill
  Washington, D.C. – A national survey of over 1,000 American adults found that 86 percent of those polled, nearly 9 in 10, favor Congressional requirements that all federally-funded transportation and infrastructure projects from the 2009 stimulus bill emphasize using American-made iron and steel before seeking a foreign competitor. More
- Builders Offer Delayed Payments, Low Rates, Layoff Insurance
  Forget free kitchen upgrades, tropical vacations or complimentary closing costs. The latest marketing efforts from home builders center around financing, with rock-bottom mortgage rates, delayed payments and mortgage insurance for job losses. More
- Crowds are Smaller at International Builders’ Show as Industry Weathers Downturn
  Builders, remodelers and other members of the home building industry are back at work this week after more than 60,000 attended the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show® in Las Vegas Jan. 20-23. More
- Iron Ore Market May Have Bottomed, Fortescue Predicts
  The iron ore market may have bottomed as demand from Chinese steelmakers recovers, driving prices for the raw material higher, according to Fortescue Metals Group Ltd., Australia’s third-biggest producer. More
- November Steel Shipments Down 39.9 Percent From Last Year
  Washington, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that for the month of November 2008, U.S. steel mills shipped 5,223,000 net tons, a 39.9 percent decrease from the 8,683,000 net tons shipped in November 2007 and a 25.8 percent decrease from the 7,041,000 net tons shipped in the previous month, October 2008. More



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Steel Doing It Right
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February 22-24, 2008
International Zinc Conference
Las Palmas, Rancho Marage CA


February 24-25, 2008
2009 International Zinc Oxide Industry Conference
Las Palmas, Rancho Marage CA





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