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303 vs 304 stainless steel

What is the difference between 303 vs 304 stainless steel?

This article was published on: 05/16/22 5:00 PM

303 and 304 stainless steel are two popular stainless steel grades. Widely recognized for both its strength and its anti-corrosive properties, stainless steel appears in kitchen accessories, surgical tools, auto bodies, and sculptures. Its stainless properties make it not only corrosion resistant but also aesthetically dependable and thus popular. Not all stainless steel is the …

Branch Spotlight: Charleston, SC

This article was published on: 04/26/22 4:00 PM

There’s a lot to be proud of in the Palmetto State! South Carolina isn’t just a beautiful place to slow your pace, taste some delicious pulled pork BBQ (try the mustard-based sauce), and breathe in the thick, salt air that you’ll swear has healing properties. It’s also home to our Charleston metal supplier.  The 105,000 …

430 vs 304 stainless steel

What is the difference between 430 vs 304 stainless steel?

This article was published on: 04/25/22 10:10 AM

Stainless steel comes in many different grades. Each grade brings its own unique chemical composition, tensile strength, and other characteristics. Let’s take a look at two of the most popular grades of stainless steel — 430 and 304. What is stainless steel? Like other forms of steel, stainless steel is an alloy of iron and …

h beam w beam s beam

What is the difference between an h-beam, w-beam, and s-beam?

This article was published on: 04/21/22 8:00 AM

Steel beams—like the h-beam, w-beam, and s-beam—support heavy loads. In fact, they make up the most common component of structural framing systems. They can be used to build bridges, warehouses and other large buildings, and can even be used in machinery or to frame truck beds. Beams can be positioned on their sides or at …


What is an I-beam?

This article was published on: 04/6/22 8:00 AM

An I-beam is a standard structural steel shape that serves as critical framework for the metal building industry for a range of constructions. For instance, I-beams go into building bridges, parking garages, skyscrapers, hospitals and much more. But what is it about their design that makes them such a quality building material? Structural beam design …

schedule 40 steel pipe

What is schedule 40 steel pipe?

This article was published on: 03/22/22 8:00 AM

Schedule 40 steel pipe is the most commonly used pipe schedule. It can be galvanized — although it doesn’t have to be — and is usually used in water and gas lines. It may also appear in places that need ornamentation or support. It makes a great pipe due to its versatility and performance strength. …

galvanized steel

What to Look For in Galvanized Steel Pipe

This article was published on: 03/9/22 8:00 AM

Considering using galvanized steel pipe in your next project? It’s a good choice for many tasks thanks to its reliability, strength, affordability, and corrosion resistance. That’s why most home improvement projects and industrial applications use galvanized steel pipe schedule 40. Before you buy, though, it’s a good idea to find out more about galvanized steel …

UL certified steel plate

What is the Difference Between UL Certified and NIJ Certified Plate?

This article was published on: 02/21/22 10:35 AM

When looking to source ballistic steel plates, have you seen “UL certified” or “NIJ certified” and wondered what it meant? Understanding the differences between UL certified plate and NIJ certified plate can seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s review the UL and NIJ certification processes, who oversees them, and the unmistakable benefits …

The Kloeckner Advantage: Our Customized Care Puzzle

This article was published on: 02/8/22 5:12 PM

Expectations of what quality customer care looks like have increased and become more complex throughout the modern digital revolution. Leaning on chatbot messaging that lacks human intuition isn’t always a satisfactory solution. Automated social media message responses created to help direct traffic tend to add more noise than assistance. It’s impossible to intuit and generate …

Sponsored by Kloeckner: The Nostalgic Nerdy World of BattleBots

This article was published on: 01/31/22 8:08 PM

At the turn of the millennium, the early aughts held a special place for American pop culture. Before everyone got smartphones and social media accounts a few years later, we still shared a special connection to music, movies, and television. That was the beginning of the end of simpler times when we all gathered around …


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