Author: Scott Thompson

Marketing & Business Analyst at United Pipe & Steel Corp.

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 […]

Globally Sourced Steel Pipe Increase, 2/22

What’s Happening: We are implementing a 9% increase on globally sourced steel pipe on 2/22 See the new list price sheet Backups at ports, delays in unloading ships, lack of freight have impacted inbound shipments Lack of raw materials, high global demand, and lack of shipping containers are tightening supply Following a price increase on […]

PVC Pricing and Availability, Affected by Winter Storm Uri

What’s happening: Winter Storm Uri hit critical PVC supply chain infrastructure in the Southern U.S. PVC resin producers have been declaring force majeure, limiting availability of raw materials. This will affect PVC pipe mills’ ability to maintain production levels and supply. We are monitoring the situation and will provide availability and pricing updates. UPDATE, 2/19: […]

Service Updates for Areas Affected by Winter Storm Uri

Winter Storm Uri continues to affect the safety of our employees and operations in Texas and the surrounding states.  Our priority has been to make sure our employees and their families are safe, and that they have access to resources needed for this unprecedented winter weather in Houston and Corsicana. We are continuing to evaluate […]

Strut Increase Effective 2/22

Strut manufacturers have announced that due continued rising costs of raw materials, they will be implementing an increase of 10-25% on channel strut products. CRU, or Cold Rolled Steel, which is the raw material needed for strut production, has doubled in price since July 2020.  This cost increase, being driven by general lack of availability […]

New Copper Tube List Price Sheet, 2/15/21

As the COMEX continues to rise, trading above $3.82/lb today, the Copper tube mills have announced a new list price sheet dated 2/15 taking immediate effect. Supply chain interruptions due to Covid-19 combined with high global demand continue to keep the overall copper supply tight. How We Can Help: Merfish United’s business model – which […]

Domestic Welded Steel Pipe Increase, 2/8

Click here to see the new domestic welded steel pipe list price sheet. Due to escalating input costs, domestic steel pipe mills have announced will be increasing the products below by the following amounts: 1/2” – 4” Continuous Weld Pipe – 10% 2” – 18” Grade B ERW Pipe – 10% 1” – 6” SCH40 […]

Winter Service Update for MA and PA, 2/1/21

A major winter storm is happening the Northeastern U.S., and due to the current and expected snowfall, we have postponed all Monday deliveries from our Easton, PA and Ipswich, MA distribution centers for safety precautions. Please stay safe if you need to use the roads in the affected areas, and be advised that we have […]

February Market Update, Import Steel and Shipping Increases

What’s happening: Click here to see our new globally sourced welded steel pipe list price sheet. A global shipping container shortage is causing import prices to skyrocket. Lack of availability of raw materials, including steel, are contributing to high costs. New list price sheets for domestic steel, PVC plumbing, strut and threaded rod released in […]