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Welcome to the Atlas Tube blog of industry info and news about HSS products.

1000 Jobs for Chicagoans: Revitalizing Manufacturing in Chicagoland

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Manufacturing is the foundation of Atlas Tube (along with the five other divisions of JMC Steel Group). Without the men and women who operate our facilities day in and day out, we wouldn’t be where we are today, and neither would our economy.

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NCSEA Annual Conference

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The 2014 NCSEA Annual Conference was held this past week in New Orleans, LA. Hosted by the National Council of Structural Engineers Association, this conference draws hundreds of structural engineering professionals each year to attend educational sessions, social and networking events, and visit exhibitors at the trade show. Atlas Tube was one of the exhibitors at this year’s show, giving us a unique opportunity to connect with engineering and design professionals from all across the country. As one of the only steel manufacturers in attendance, we were able to educate hundreds of professionals on our unique ERW (electric resistance welding) manufacturing process, as well as the advantages and benefits of hollow structural sections and structural steel in general.

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Infographic Depicts Rising Construction Industry Employment

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The month of June was a productive one for the construction industry. According to a recent article from Engineering News Record and a press release from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the construction industry added over 6,000 jobs last month. In addition, the jobless rate fell to 8.2% compared to May’s 8.6% – the industry’s best June level in nearly six years, according to the AGC.

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Anchor Bolt Bending – Watch the Bend!

Matt Obeid, Vice President at the Steel Supply Co., recently wrote an excellent blog detailing the proper methodology for anchor bolt bending:

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ASTM A500/A500M–13

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Most users of HSS are now aware of the new ASTM A1085 specification for "higher performance" HSS that was approved in 2013 and immediately manufactured by Atlas Tube. Details of the features of this HSS are readily available: http://www.atlasconnection.com/profiles/blogs/new-astm-specification-provides-improved-performance-for-hollow

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