Keep your Conversion Chart Handy

Posted by Boyd Metals on November 14, 2017

Can't remember the decimal of 57/64? You're not the only one. At Boyd Metals we are committed to providing you with the tools you need to work smarter, not harder. One resource that is certain to save you time and lessen arithmetic mistakes is our Decimal to Fraction Conversion Chart.

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Topics: Insider Tips, Industry Knowledge

Our New Resource Page - Boyd Metals Downloadable Resources

Posted by Boyd Metals on August 16, 2017

At Boyd Metals, we are committed to providing our customers with better service and more value than any other player in the metal service center industry.

Many of you already know how helpful we can be on the phone. (Thanks for giving us a call!) But many don't realize that we can be pretty helpful online as well. Our website is home to a wide variety of resources that you can take advantage of today for free. From conversion charts to safety data sheets, the information you need is all in one convenient place on our site.

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Topics: Insider Tips, Boyd Metals Products and Services, Boyd Metals Company News and Culture

Building a Healthy Team - Recommended Reading

Posted by Boyd Metals on August 8, 2017
Healthy employees make for great teams, and great teams achieve goals. Boyd cares about their employees and maintains a healthy culture of respect and appreciation. Read on and discover a few blogs that we recommend to your company as you focus your efforts on building a healthy and successful team.
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Topics: The Boyd Difference, Insider Tips, Employee Morale, Advice for Managers and Estimators

Spot a Bad Fabrication Project Before you Bid

Posted by Boyd Metals on May 24, 2017

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: Industry Knowledge, Insider Tips, Advice for Managers and Estimators

What is Purchasing Power and Why Does It Matter?

Posted by Boyd Metals on May 9, 2017

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: Industry Knowledge, Insider Tips

What's the Difference Between Tubing and Pipe?  Part 2

Posted by Boyd Metals on February 28, 2017

For the second part of our series on the differences between tubing and pipe, we are going to talk about measurements and wall thickness.

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Topics: Sourcing Materials, Insider Tips, Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

Save Time with our Guide to Pipe Sizes

Posted by Boyd Metals on November 7, 2016

There are plenty of items in our day-to-day that take way too much of our time. Our commute is longer than we want it to be. Orders take longer to ship than expected. Even meetings cut into our daily productivity. Why should we waste time flipping through a giant reference book looking for a simple pipe size?

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Topics: Insider Tips, The Boyd Difference, Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

Produce More and Scrap Less: 3 Tips for Less Metal Waste

Posted by Boyd Metals on September 21, 2016
Producing scrap is an inevitable part of the manufacturing business. Some waste is even part of the project budget in most cases. When too much material gets scrapped, it will eat into the profitability of a project. We believe that a little extra planning can go a long way here. Let's talk about how you can increase your business's productivity while reducing waste.
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Topics: Insider Tips

Are Global Issues Affecting Your Company's Purchasing Power?

Posted by Boyd Metals on September 8, 2016
The American manufacturing sector has encountered significant obstacles in recent years. A significant bite has been taken out of the purchasing power of many small and mid-sized businesses. Every month you hear about another factory closing down or staff reductions caused by off-shoring. As someone involved in the industry, you know first-hand how manufacturing is being affected.

With that perspective in mind, let's talk about some of the most serious threats to the buying power of American manufacturers. 
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Topics: Insider Tips

5 Ways to Win More Jobs without Lowering Your Price

Posted by Boyd Metals on August 25, 2016

The construction and manufacturing industries continue to be extremely competitive. It can often seem like the only way to win the jobs you seek is by lowering your prices so that you are barely making a profit. However, doing so means that you'll have to cut corners elsewhere to keep your profit margin. This could lead to shoddy results, dangerous working conditions and unsatisfied clients. Instead, use the following five methods to win the jobs you want without slashing your prices.

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Topics: Insider Tips