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First-Step Processing: 5 Services You Can't Afford to do Without

Getting the right players aligned for the metal needs in your business can sometimes be a puzzle. Labor and vendors can't be...


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Tags: The Boyd Difference, Plasma Cutting, Sourcing Materials

Supplier FAQ | Carbon Steel VS Stainless Steel

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


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Tags: Sourcing Materials, Industry Knowledge, Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

5 Frequently Asked Questions about Stainless Steel

Stainless steel permeates so many aspects of American life of today. The singular properties of this metal make it well suited...


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Tags: Sourcing Materials, Industry Knowledge, Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

It has been said before and we’ll say it again - choose your vendors wisely.

Working with a metal supplier you trust and can...


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Tags: The Boyd Difference, Sourcing Materials

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

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


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

3 Strategies for Keeping your Team Happy and Productive

It ALMOST goes without saying - a company is only as good as its employees. We want to make sure to say it anyway, and maybe...


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Tags: Sourcing Materials, Employee Morale, Advice for Managers and Estimators

How is Steel Made?
October 26, 2016

How is Steel Made?

The creation of steel itself is a complicated process. We can't cover it in-depth here, but let's talk about the basic process...


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Tags: Sourcing Materials, Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

4 Ways Price Buying is Costing You Money

As managers look for ways to increase profit margin, the focus often falls on making cuts where the most money is spent. It...


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Tags: The Boyd Difference, Sourcing Materials, Delivery

When Should I Use Stainless Steel?

If you are working on a project that requires tough, stable and/or hygienic metal, you’re probably already looking toward...


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Tags: Sourcing Materials, Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

3 Steps to Simplifying Your Vendor List

You've heard of “just-in-time,” and “just-in-case”. These two sayings seem to epitomize the spectrum of approaches fab shops,...


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Tags: Sourcing Materials, Advice for Managers and Estimators