As a distributor and manufacturer of industrial fastening solutions, we have a lot of crossover with different types of manufacturing and construction businesses in a host of different industries. With 50 years in fastening, we’ve seen a wide array of jobs and projects across these various industries. Despite this diversity, one thing that we’ve seen in every field is this: emergencies. Call it Murphy’s Law, or just another day on the job - something always goes wrong; someone orders the wrong part, someone misplaces the parts, someone else forgot to order the parts at all, and on, ad infinitum. Maybe the part you need from your typical contracted supplier is on backorder, or the turn-around needs to be faster than they can provide, or they don’t carry it at all – there are a number of things that can make putting together all the pieces of the job a difficult task.
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Lindapter has trail blazed fast, effective steel connections with products like the revolutionary Girder Clamp and Hollo-Bolt. Carrying on this legacy of quality and innovation is Grate-Fast, a simple solution for installing maintenance walkways.
Mar 6, 2017 10:14:55 AM
Questions that arise are: What factors are present that affect steel producers ability to meet this projected increase in demand? How do legislations such as NAFTA and the Buy American Act contribute?
What is NAFTA and How Does it Affect the Steel Industry?The North American Free Trade Agreement is a pact that has stood firmly in place between the US, Canada, and Mexico since 1994 and effectively creates a trade bloc between these countries. The end game of NAFTA was to help eliminate trade boundaries between these countries and enable investment to allow businesses better ability to flourish.
For the steel industry, NAFTA has served as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it helped facilitate the exports into Canada and Mexico; a large part of steel giants capacities such as AK Steel and U.S. Steel were used for exportation. Alternatively, NAFTA also opened up the door for Mexican and Canadian imports which often reduced the need for the supply of steel from those same American businesses. President Donald Trump has highly criticized NAFTA, and its future is currently uncertain – How would a withdrawal from the pact affect the American steel industry and its ability to export its produce?
Buy American vs. Buy AmericaHow do these two government acts affect the North American steel industry? The “Buy American Act” established by President Hoover in 1933 dictates that the US government must prefer U.S made products when undertaking funded projects. In essence, this has meant that US steel suppliers have been the preferred choice for federal construction programs.
The Buy America provision is a similar piece of legislation that was included in the Surface Transportation Assistance Act created in 1992. This Act applies to federally funded transit programs with a value of over $100,000 and states that projects must have 100% American content for both steel/iron and other manufactured products.
These two acts will support the American steel industry and ensure that U.S steel businesses are prioritized for major future projects.
How Are Chinese Imports Affecting the US industry?Imports will play a fundamental role in the future of the US steel industry. Throughout the world, Chinese steel imports have flooded the market and vastly altered the landscape of many nations steel industries. Where a nation would traditionally rely on home-grown steel producers, a shift towards using cheaper Chinese imports instead is increasingly apparent. Chinse steel imports have made their way to the US, and have significantly affected our industrial markets. How will the Trump government address the issue of cheap imports? Only time will tell; but this administration could have a bearing on the output of U.S steel suppliers if the level of imports increases.
Can United States Steel Giants Meet the Projected Increase in Demand?While promises have been made to improve the steel industry and to invest in American products and American businesses, are the U.S. leaders in structural steel equipped to cope with an increase in demand? Statistics from the first months of 2017 show that the steel industry is running at only 73%; can this figure be improved? Will steel plants have the capability to improve their numbers?
Glaser & Associates argue that we can definitively help US steel production stay aloft and meet demands. We’ve supplied contractors and government projects with steel stock, custom anchors and bolting, and structural steel connections from Lindapter. Glaser has been producing steel products for the better half of a century “striving for absolute and specific solutions” for their clients.
2017 is certainly set to be a turning point for the U.S economy and its manufacturing industries. How will current trade agreements and legislation change and affect productivity? Are manufacturers equipped to cope with a surge in demand? Will imports eventually become commonplace? Some uncertainty still lies ahead for the steel industry, but changes do appear to be emerging for its betterment.
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Mar 1, 2017 4:36:14 AM
Founded in 1934 by Henry Lindsay, Lindapter has been a revolutionary force in the construction industry for more than 75 years. The company’s enterprising engineers have pioneered a line of innovative steel connections that have contributed to the success of countless projects in terms of cost, safety, stability.
Feb 2, 2017 8:34:06 AM
Over the years, we have sought to embrace the innovation and diversification that is made possible by constantly advancing technology. It is in that spirit that we were happy to partner with Lindapter, becoming one of Lindapter's full line distributors in the United States.
Jan 23, 2017 9:43:23 AM
In addition to manufacturing safe, sturdy, and cost effective steel connectors that don’t require welding and drilling, Lindapter offers free connection design assistance as part of its comprehensive Technical Support. Here’s how it works.
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What Is Sustainable Construction?
As with other essential industries like energy and farming, the issue of sustainability figures heavily into the world of building and infrastructure. In order to mitigate environmental impacts, companies are beginning to embrace sustainable construction practices, materials, and designs that make efficient uses of resources like water, heat, and electricity while reducing waste. What’s more, components used in some projects are even designed to be reused -- extending their life cycle beyond the job for which they were initially produced.
Dec 1, 2016 4:11:31 PM
Opportunities in renewable energy abound, and no products are better suited to meet the demands of the industry than the steel fasteners produced by Lindapter. Innovative hardware like the Hollo-Bolt and Girder Clamp don’t require welding or drilling and provide safe, sturdy steel connections that are also highly cost effective. Lindapter offers smart solutions for three key renewable energy scenarios: solar, wind, and nuclear.
Solar Energy Applications
Lindapter products are ideal for securing solar panels to steel and aluminum support frames, building roofs, bridges, and a host of other structures. Lindapter’s steelwork Girder Clamps are highly adjustable connectors intended for I-beams and brackets, with Type AF being suitable for high-friction jobs, Type AAF for high friction and sub-zero temperature situations, and Type LR for a wide array of steel sizes. The revolutionary Hollo-Bolt is a solid bet for connecting panels to hollow section frames, and is the only expansion bolt to gain full ICC-ES seismic approval in categories A through F. No matter the particular type of solar application, all Lindapter products are easily installed using hand tools, are fully adjustable, and are accompanied by robust technical support that includes free connection design.
Oct 25, 2016 5:59:14 AM
Renewable energy isn’t just advantageous in terms of the environment; green technologies like solar power make good business sense, too. With favorable returns on investment as well as federal and state incentives, installing a solar array -- multiple solar panels arranged together to form an energy-producing system -- can pay off in the long run versus reliance on fossil fuels. And as more and more businesses invest in solar, Lindapter is uniquely suited to handle the demands of solar array installations.
Sep 15, 2016 9:13:19 AM
The durable steel connectors manufactured by Lindapter aren’t just practical in terms of stability, safety, and cost-effectiveness -- they’re also the obvious choice when it comes to architectural and artistic projects where the emphasis is on creating beautiful aesthetics. Products like the revolutionary Hollo-Bolt and Girder Clamp systems provide fast, strong steel connections without the use of hot work, eliminating unsightly welds while also cutting down on installation times, on-site labor costs, and worker safety hazards inherent to traditional drilling and welding.