Supplier FAQ | Carbon Steel VS Stainless Steel

Posted by Boyd Metals on July 10, 2017 at 10:58 AM

What is so special about stainless steel? Can it be used everywhere carbon steel is used? Should I never use one or the other for certain tasks?

If you don't know all the differences between these two, you're not alone. We get questions about it on a regular basis. So, to help everyone out, we put together this short article. Here are some key facts about each, tips for how you can tell between them, and advice on when you should use one and not the other.

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Topics: Sourcing Materials, Industry Knowledge

5 Frequently Asked Questions about Stainless Steel

Posted by Boyd Metals on June 27, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Stainless steel permeates so many aspects of American life of today. The singular properties of this metal make it well suited for a wide range of applications - especially ones where conditions are demanding. From corrosion resistant cutlery and surgical tools, to food and pharmaceutical tanks, to water-tight watch housings and tools that can handle extreme temperatures; it’s safe to say that the world would be a different place without stainless steel.

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Topics: Sourcing Materials, Industry Knowledge

5 Questions with Richard Schultz, GM of Boyd Metals in Oklahoma City

Posted by Boyd Metals on June 4, 2017 at 8:57 AM

As the General Manager of Boyd Metals in Oklahoma City, Richard Schultz's attention is in high-demand. Fortunately for you, we had an opportunity to chat with him recently. Here's what he had to say about the importance of company culture, how he stays current with the industry, and what makes Boyd Metals so great. Enjoy!

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Topics: The Boyd Difference, Company News, Employee Morale, Leadership and Management, Industry Knowledge

Spot a Bad Fabrication Project Before you Bid

Posted by Boyd Metals on May 24, 2017 at 8:20 AM

If you run your own business, you are familiar with this struggle. You need a continuous flow of new clients and new projects so you can keep afloat or keep growing.

You bid on projects, win the contracts, and get started on the work. It's a good rhythm. But, more often than you'd like, a project you've started on will get out of hand and end up costing you more time and money than it was worth.

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Topics: Insider Tips, Industry Knowledge

What is Purchasing Power and Why Does It Matter?

Posted by Boyd Metals on May 9, 2017 at 3:22 PM

The term "purchasing power" is used in economics to describe the ability of an individual or business to buy goods or enlist services in the marketplace with a specific amount of currency. 

The idea of purchasing power is extremely important in the metal industry because it impacts everyone purchasing raw materials. Your purchasing power can fluctuate over time and is impacted by inflation, deflation, and significant events and changes in your industry.

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Topics: Insider Tips, Industry Knowledge

Spring Cleaning Tips for your Fabrication Shop

Posted by Boyd Metals on March 20, 2017 at 7:39 AM

The first day of spring has arrived! Now is a great time to tackle the maintenance projects that might fall outside the scope of your regular cleaning. We know how easy it can be to fall into a routine and forget to look at the big picture, so consider this as a reminder. 

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Topics: Workplace Safety, Industry Knowledge