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DISC Assessing

August 6th, 2018 by Mike Meyerhoff

https://www.123test.com/disc-personality-test/ About a year and a half ago my company started putting some significant effort into my training as a manager.  One of the focus points of that training (and the area I admittedly needed and still need the most work) is of course communication.  Communication issues and management could be the focus of a […]


Mechanics of the 232 Investigation

July 3rd, 2018 by Mike Meyerhoff

Over the past few months, as we’ve seen the findings from the Section 232 investigation and President Trump’s executive actions to the same, there have been many blog posts and company reactions published with all manner of opinion…most of them biased one way or the other and reasonably so.  The effect of the speculation of […]


Section Two Thirty-What Now?

April 30th, 2018 by Mike Meyerhoff

I have to assume that if you are reading this that means you work in or at the very least have some marginal interest in the steel industry.  Perhaps you are a steel trader, or maybe manage a company which uses steel to fabricate or manufacture a product. You may be a buyer for a […]


Would You Please Pass The Cobalt…an idiot’s guide to the chemistry of steel

May 23rd, 2016 by Mike Meyerhoff

I sat next to the bad kids’ table at lunch in middle school.  One day I overheard one of them describe how their big brother blew up a mail box with some dry-ice and a soda bottle…thus began my fascination with chemistry.  Since then I have spent countless hours toiling over stoichiometric equations, dyed my […]



October 27th, 2015 by Mike Meyerhoff

A BRIEF HISTORY AND CURRENT DATA ON U.S. OIL AND GAS PIPELINES The first oil pipeline in the United States was built in 1865, following the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania. By the early 1900s, major discoveries had been made in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas and pipelines had become a common method of moving crude […]


Why Metal Rusts

October 20th, 2015 by Mike Meyerhoff

Don’t let the clever headline fool you, this process is quite simple…and probably rather boring for most.  But, if you’re reading this blog post then metal probably plays a big role in your life and ipso facto so does galvanic corrosion, ferric oxide, Fe2O3, Texas suntan…rust.   Quick Breakdown of the science stuff: Atoms attach […]


DSAW…Not yo Mammy’s Weld Seam

October 6th, 2015 by Mike Meyerhoff

When I first started in pipe sales they sat me down with a big thick book about pipe and told me to read for three days.  On my fourth day they told me to pick up the phone, start dialing numbers, and sell pipe.  I got my first inquiry on the fifth day, took it […]


Why Are There Several Oil Prices On This Website?

August 26th, 2015 by Mike Meyerhoff

I would wager that most everyone who makes a living buying or selling steel tubular goods in this country has at one point or another typed “oil prices” into Google.  I would further wager that if they had never done so previously, these aforementioned folks had looked into oil prices for the first time in […]


Communication Is Key (part 1)

May 14th, 2015 by Mike Meyerhoff

A number of months back it was decided that in an effort to avoid some of the inefficiencies in our shop we were going to make some changes in how sales staff write-up orders.  I had spent several weeks studying operations trying to find where we could pick up efficiency (value) in the shop and […]


State Of Freight

June 25th, 2014 by Mike Meyerhoff

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but as they say, when it rains it pours (and coincidentally enough, we are about to experience an actual El Nino).  Last month we talked about how the polar vortex, policy barriers, economy, and driver shortages were effecting freight…now enter the Longshoremen. In short, the labor […]