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Domestic Steel Increase on Monday, Strut on May 3rd

Domestic steel pipe mills have announced that due to continued escalating input costs, they will be increasing prices by a minimum of the amounts listed below: 6% on 1/2” – 4” Continuous Weld Pipe 6% on 2” – 18” Grade B ERW Pipe 6% on 1” – 10” Sprinkler Pipe We will hold pricing through […]

Copper Closes Up, Multiplier Increase, With Additional Increases Possible

Copper closed up almost $.08 on Wednesday, 4/14 resulting in the copper the mills led mills to announce a 2.5% multiplier increase which took immediate effect. With copper up significantly again today, 4/15, we expect to see another increase announcement today or tomorrow, 4/16. Please call your Merfish United representative for more information or to […]

A Mid-April Commodities Market Update

What’s happening: Lack of availability and strong demand are rising raw material costs Inventories are low and the supply chain is stretched thin A lack of shipping containers and domestic freight is increasing input costs Strong demand and pricing increases are expected to continue throughout 2021 As the Covid-19 recovery continues to gain momentum across […]

Import Seamless Steel Pipe, Metal Conduit Increase

A new globally sourced seamless steel pipe list price sheet is now in effect. A price increase on metal conduit will be in effect Monday. Lack of raw materials, shipping delays, and freight increases are driving up pricing. As a result of continued increasing input costs, we will be implementing a 10% increase on globally […]

PVC Pipe Increase Effective Now

A new list price sheet for PVC Pipe is now in effect. As a result of the impact of Winter Storm Uri on the Gulf Coast, where most of the country’s petrochemical infrastructure is located, PVC resin manufacturers continue to try to restore their operations and production to normal levels. Even today, three out of […]

Increases 3/22: Globally Sourced Welded Steel Pipe & Strut

The impact on the global supply chain of imported steel pipe continues due to the rising cost of both scrap metal and hot roll coil (HRC), increasing vessel costs and the lack of shipping container availability. These cost pressures, coupled with unusually long delays at ports around the country related to the unloading, sorting and […]

Domestic Welded Steel Pipe Increase on 3/16/21

Due to continued escalating input costs, domestic steel pipe mills have announced an increase by the following amounts on the products listed below: 7% on 1/2” – 4” Continuous Weld Pipe 7% on 2” – 18” Grade B ERW Pipe 7% on 1” – 10” Sprinkler Pipe These increases will be going into effect tomorrow, […]

A March Commodities Update; PVC, Copper, Steel

What’s happening: Demand for copper, steel and PVC raw material is high Inventories for materials are low Covid-related supply chain disruptions remain Here’s a March, 2021 commodities update. Please call your Merfish United rep for guidance on purchasing, especially as you consider your needs for the spring buying period. We’re able to help you manage […]

New PVC Plumbing, Seamless Steel Pipe, and Threaded Rod List Price Sheets

As many in the region were, PVC resin producers were significantly impacted by the severe winter storms that impacted the gulf states last week. As a result, all major PVC resin producers declared force majeure due to a lack of available material to ship. The storm caused plant stoppages, delays in shipping, and significant disruption […]

Copper Increase and New List Price Sheet, 2/24

Copper closed at $4.18/lb yesterday, and is currently up almost another $.13 to just around $4.31/lb, continuing this upward trend. These are historical levels not seen since 2011. Because of these escalating costs on raw materials, copper tube mills have announced an increase of approximately 5.5% with a new list price sheet, dated 2/24. The […]