Atlas Observer

Do you know the Value of a Service Center?

by Jelani Rucker on July 18, 2012

Service centers play a central role in the HSS supply chain. They provide enormous value in the delivery, availability and fabrication of HSS. I want to reinforce the value that service centers provide for fabricators throughout the structural steel industry, as well as discuss some of the lesser-known benefits. What is a Service Center?...

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How to Earn Credit for Sustainable and LEED Projects

by Marvin Phillips on July 11, 2012

The world's population grows every day. As we construct homes and other buildings for future generations to live and work in, we run the risk of seriously depleting our natural resources. At Atlas Tube, we've been diligently establishing methods to conserve natural resources all over the world. The U.S. Green Building Council has developed an appro...

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SEIA Q1 Report – A Bright Spot for the U.S. Solar Market

by Jelani Rucker on June 27, 2012

Whether you’re a distributor, contractor or engineer, you know the solar energy business is growing rapidly and requires a steel structure customized for assembling solar panels. You also know that as the solar industry grows, so does its impact on the economy.  But did you know that the average cost of a completed PV system dropped by 17 percen...

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Four Ways HSS Can Save You Money

by Bradlee Fletcher on June 21, 2012

A key goal in every construction project is to keep costs down. Build the best possible building at the lowest price possible. In a difficult economy, cost savings becomes even more crucial. As I discussed in a previous post, the use of steel hollow structural sections (HSS) offers substantial advantages in building design, opening up aesthetic...

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