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  1. How to overcome metal inventory disruptions.

    How to overcome metal inventory disruptions.

    If your must-have metal products were out of stock a lot over the last year, you’re not alone. Tight market conditions made it difficult for many service centers to maintain their metal inventory, leaving countless manufacturers high-and-dry.

  2. Interview with André Granger

    Interview with André Granger

    We spoke with André Granger, Vice President & General Manager, Manitoba/Saskatchewan, Samuel, Son & Co. about trends in agriculture, the importance of pivoting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how Samuel is uniquely positioned to help customers succeed in the fast-evolving environment.

  3. Mind the gap: How outsourcing can strengthen your custom plate fabrication business

    Mind the gap: How outsourcing can strengthen your custom plate fabrication business

    Winning business as a custom plate fabricator isn’t easy. In this highly competitive industry, you not only have to offer the fastest assembly and lowest cost, but you need the ability to accommodate a wide variety of projects.

  4. What every new metal purchaser should know

    What every new metal purchaser should know

    With an influx of long-time purchasers retiring, a new generation is filling their well-worn shoes. The hand-over is bringing fresh ideas and processes into many manufacturing purchasing departments—but it’s also bringing a few growing pains as well.

  5. 6 things to look for when sourcing Aluminum 6061 plate

    6 things to look for when sourcing Aluminum 6061 plate

    Regardless of what industry you’re in, there are countless reasons why you might come across a need for Aluminum 6061 plate. Maybe you need to engineer fixtures, tooling or molds—or a protection plate for an electric car battery. Or maybe you simply need a locally-sourced material for the defense or semi-conductor sectors.

  6. Get talking: How strong communication can strengthen your supply chain

    Get talking: How strong communication can strengthen your supply chain

    If you experienced metal supply chain disruptions in 2020, you’re not alone. As a result of COVID-19, many businesses across a wide range of industries found it difficult to find the metal they needed, when they needed it.

  7. Why should you go with an experienced metal consultant? We’ll tell you.

    Why should you go with an experienced metal consultant? We’ll tell you.

    Navigating the world of metal procurement is no easy feat. Figuring out which material is best-suited to a specific application, or knowing when it’s okay to go with a lower-quality product at a lower price, takes years of training.

  8. Putting customers first for five generations

    Putting customers first for five generations

    When Mark and Lewis Samuel opened their first hardware shop back in 1855, they had no way of knowing their little business would one day become a 160-year-old operation spanning five generations and multiple countries. All they knew was that the residents of Toronto were in desperate need of hardware products—and they were going to do what they could to deliver them.

  9. Want to lower your metal costs? Clarify your quality requirements

    Want to lower your metal costs? Clarify your quality requirements

    For most manufacturers, metal costs comprise a huge percentage of their overall expenditures, so it makes sense to set pricing parameters as early as possible. What many buyers fail to realize, however, is that setting quality parameters is equally important—if not more critical.

  10. The full picture: How to identify—and overcome—manufacturing inefficiencies

    The full picture: How to identify—and overcome—manufacturing inefficiencies

    For organizations that rely on multiple manufacturing processes to construct a finished product or product line, purchasing and processing metal is no easy feat. Not only do you have to navigate the volatile and complex metal supply chain, but you have to make sure the metal you purchase is processed in a way that effectively meets your manufacturing needs.