Yahoo! News – U.S. group could buy insolvent Slater Steel’s Hamilton operations: Union: “Slater had initially hoped to emerge from bankruptcy protection with two of its divisions – Hamilton Specialty Bar, and Atlas Stainless Steels in Sorel-Tracy, Que. – continuing to operate. It abandoned those plans last month, citing high costs and failure to reach cost-cutting deals with unions in both provinces.

The company had sought $3.9 million in labour concessions from a unit of the Confederation of National Trade Unions in Quebec and $5.6 million from the Steelworkers members in Hamilton.

Both unions said they’d been told by Slater that even those cuts wouldn’t be enough, and that millions more in savings – as much as $10 million in Hamilton alone – were needed to improve productivity. ”

Hamond bought stainless from Atlas/Tracy in the past.

Amazing what you find out when you put the word “Copper” into a news search engine … Pig Industry News – Copper cut in pig rations will effect growth rates – Brought to you by ThePigSite: “Brussels has reviewed downwards the amount of copper allowed in pig diets. Diets that don’t comply with the new levels should be used up by April 26. After that, it will be illegal to feed them.

So, let me get this straight … will the worldwide price of copper be effected by this reduction in consumption by pigs?

Were they feeding copper to the pigs on purpose?

Or was the copper a byproduct of the process somehow? It jumped out of the electrical wiring and into the feed?

Just like other major news stories of this century, like WMD & Janet’s glands, I’m sure there’s more here than meets the eye … “

Yahoo! News – EPA Reaches Agreement With ISG Indiana Harbor on Clean-Air Violations: “‘As part of the agreement, ISG will protect the health of its neighbors by installing two air conveyor systems at its sinter plant, cutting dust emissions by about 7,500 pounds a year,’ said EPA Region 5 Administrator Thomas V. Skinner. Skinner said the systems will cost the company at least $111,783. This is in addition to a civil penalty of $42,839.

Hydrochloric acid is corrosive to the eyes, skin and mucous membranes. Inhalation may cause coughing, hoarseness, inflammation and ulceration of the respiratory tract and chest pain. “

Yahoo! News – Algoma Steel earns $10.1M profit in Q4 as lower costs offset drop in sales: “Algoma’s profit comes as other steelmakers are reeling from heavy debtloads and piling losses. Hamilton-based steel giant Stelco Inc. entered bankruptcy-court protection late last month, joining Slater Steel of Mississauga, Ont., and Montreal-based Ivaco Corp., who made such moves last year.

Algoma itself has endured two bankruptcy restructurings, emerging from its second one in early 2002. “