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A Guide to Metals for Solar Suppliers

This article was published on: 12/20/22 8:00 AM

Solar energy runs on metal. Copper, silver, zinc, aluminum, and (of course) steel help harness solar rays, turning them into electric current. This synergistic relationship has created a dynamic partnership between solar suppliers and metal fabrication companies. Solar panel and rack manufacturers use many different metals in their products, but these metals come from the …

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A Wind Turbine Builders Guide to Metal Fabrication

This article was published on: 12/6/22 8:00 AM

Humans are harnessing the wind’s energy with wind turbines, windmills, and other technologies that use the natural flow of air to generate electricity and reduce reliance on nonrenewable resources like coal. These methods are growing in popularity, not just in developed economies like the United States, but also across Africa and Asia where populations need …

Ask Me Anything with Ron Atilano

This article was published on: 12/1/22 8:00 AM

When someone has 45 years of experience holding up their career, chances are they’ve seen a few things. If that career is in steel, you better start taking notes when they speak. This month, we were honored to chat with Ron Atilano, who calls our Kloeckner Metals Santa Fe Springs metal supplier facility his home …

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What to Look for in Solar Energy Equipment Suppliers

This article was published on: 11/22/22 8:00 AM

Solar energy manufacturers rely on solar energy equipment suppliers who can provide high-quality metals and other equipment at prices that allow them to be competitive in their markets. What do solar manufacturers look for in their raw material providers? It’s important to remember that the more you understand the manufacturing process and the quality of …

Branch Spotlight: Querétaro, Mexico

This article was published on: 11/15/22 8:00 AM

A few months ago, we welcomed our second branch in Mexico to help keep up with the growing demands from multiple industries. Opening up another location here was an opportunity we couldn’t ignore, and after giving everyone a sneak peek at the 84,000 sq. ft. facility in a video a few weeks ago, people wanted …

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What is the Composition of Stainless Steel?

This article was published on: 11/7/22 8:00 AM

The composition of stainless steel advantages many applications where strength, corrosion resistance, and surface quality are key. But what exactly is it that leads stainless steel to provide the protection and aesthetic appeal we’ve come to expect? It’s helpful to think about stainless steel as any steel alloy that contains at least 10.5% Chromium. The …

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What to Know About Fabricating Stainless Steel

This article was published on: 10/21/22 2:00 AM

Reports indicate that as demand in the automotive and construction sectors continues to increase, we should also expect steady growth in the precision steel fabrication market over the next several years. That growth means increased demand for stainless steel as it holds the largest market share in American precision steel fabrication. To understand what makes …

Ask Me Anything with John Brown

This article was published on: 10/20/22 8:00 AM

Today’s AMA takes us to one of three Kloeckner branches in the Chicago area, our South Metron metal supplier. In that mammoth 360,000-square-foot service center, there’s a larger-than-life, seasoned Warehouse Supervisor doing his part to keep operations top-notch. Big John Brown is a man of few words, but just like the music he prefers, anything …

Aces in Places: Strategic Location, Digital Tools & Customized Distribution Wins

This article was published on: 10/13/22 8:00 AM

It’s Kloeckner’s understanding of the circular supply chain that creates one of the strongest advantages of working with us, from the locations where we set up shop to the digital tools we build out for customers and all the granular in-betweens of our inventory and distribution. The partnership we extend to our clients throughout the …

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How are Aluminum Extrusions Used in the Solar Industry?

This article was published on: 10/11/22 8:04 AM

Aluminum extrusions have been used in the solar industry for decades, and we’re only going to see more of them in the future. In an industry where energy efficiency is key, aluminum will continue to be used as a core component of solar panels due to its versatility, durability, and strength-to-weight ratio. Read on to …


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