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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 11:51

Culvert Grade Steel Pipe

Many companies feel culvert grade pipe is useless and only scrap steel.  Here at Alpha Pipe we love taking culvert pipe into our inventory.  We have many different uses for it and have sold hundreds of truck loads over the years of all different sizes of culvert grade pipe. 

Alpha Pipe defines culvert grade pipe as having one or all of these characteristics: slight bows, dings, or dents along with pitting in the steel.  The most sought after culvert sizes are 24", 30", and 36" pipe.  We have also sold culvert in sizes as small as 6 5/8" and as large as 48" pipe.  Depending on what the job is for is what size the customer uses or buys for their job site. 

There are many different job uses for culvert pipe.  Some of the most common would be for drainage, cattle troughs, creek crossings, and flume pipe on construction sites for heavy machinery to run over so they do not get stuck in the mud. 

If your company has any steel pipe that has already been used for a job and would consider useless, maybe we both have a chance to make a little money off of it.  Give us a call and we will take a hard look at paying you for what you might of thought was worthless.  Alpha Pipe is always looking to recycle steel to help save companies money. 

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:49

United States New Steel Tariffs

One of the major stories circulating the world right now is how will the new implemented tariffs on imported steel and aluminum impact us as a nation and our economy?  There are so many different opinions when it comes to President Trump's new steel and aluminum tariffs.  Personally, I don't think that question is easily answered right now, as we have to see what happens over time, but I do have a few reasons why I think it will be a good thing for a company like Alpha Pipe.

Right around 1/3 of all steel used in the United States is imported per year.  Private construction jobs were known for taking recycled (used) or surplus steel to help save on cost, but that has changed over the past 3-5 years.  The used/surplus pipe market is one that Alpha Pipe has built a strong base on.  We help companies all around North America save money on job costs by selling them used or surplus steel for their job sites.  This has become much harder to do since China and other countries can import their steel at such cheap rates.  The past 5 or so years, our used pipe has been competing with imported new prime pipe.  As you can imagine, many companies would rather have the new prime imported pipe over the recycled/used pipe since the prices are very comparable.  Because of that, the market for recycled/used pipe has shrunk immensely.

Once the new tariffs are set in place, there are many new opportunities for Alpha Pipe to sell our used inventory to different construction companies.  At this point, our pricing looks much more desirable and far below the imported steel competition.  We think with the tariffs coming into place, that Alpha Pipe will be able to go back to our roots and start selling much more used pipe again.

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