Author: Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson is the Marketing & Business Analyst at Merfish United. He has been with United Pipe & Steel and Merfish United since 2016, and is currently an MBA candidate at Bryant University. Email sthompson at merfishunited dot com for media inquiries and information.

PVC Plumbing Increase 9/27/21

Effective 9/27/21: Due to both increasing raw materials costs stemming from disruptions in the supply chain and to higher freight costs, PVC pipe mills have announced a price increase taking effect on Monday, 9/27. We will be uploading a new list price on our website by Monday morning, and all open quotes expire at end […]

Threaded Rod Increase, Market Update for Steel, PVC and Copper

What’s happening: Threaded rod increase on Monday, 9/20 Steel prices continue up PVC volatile from storm disruptions PVC conduit increase Copper ups and downs Threaded Rod & Continued Steel Increases Due to escalating input costs, threaded rod manufacturers have implemented a price increase of approximately 10%. We will be uploading a new strut list price […]

Strut Increase Monday, 9/13

Due to escalating input costs, strut manufacturers have implemented a price increase of approximately 10%. We will be uploading a new strut list price sheet on Monday, 9/13. For more info or to place orders, please call your Merfish United representative now.  Click here to see our strut products. How We Can Help Merfish United’s […]

Our Labor Day Schedule

Our team at Merfish United would like to wish you, your team, and your family a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend! In what can only be described as a challenging year, we believe we all have earned a well-deserved break, and it is our pleasure to work with you each and every day. Thank […]

Copper Multiplier Increase

Copper is up again today after closing up yesterday over $.08/lbs. As a result we may see a multiplier increase effective tomorrow, 8/25. Please call your Merfish United representative to place orders now. For more information on what’s happening in the market, see below. The full article can be read here. As energy shortages continued, […]

Market Update for August, Steel Price Increases

See what’s happening across commodity markets, and what’s sustaining the low-supply, high-demand scenario we find ourselves in. Steel: Record highs for hot rolled coil (HRC) continue, up almost to $1,900/ton and with lead times of 8-10 weeks. Demand continues to outpace supply for finished steel products, whether it’s appliances, cars, or steel pipe. Because of […]

Plastic Conduit

PVC Plumbing, Conduit and Metal Conduit Increases

Mills and manufacturers of commodity pipe products and other building materials are working to produce during a time of limited availability of raw materials and increasing costs of freight. Below is a list of upcoming price increases being implemented by mills. Please call your Merfish United representative for more information or to place orders. PVC […]

Copper Market Updates, Why Prices are Rising

Strong demand from China, the top consumer of copper, and low global inventories pushed prices higher on Monday, 7/26, up over $.18/lb to around $4.58/lb. while holding through Tuesday afternoon. In addition to an already tight global copper supply, floods in China have further strained copper inventories as tube and other building materials are needed […]

Why Material Costs Remain High

Demand for housing and renovations remains high, creating high demand for building materials, including copper, steel and PVC resin. This article from Boston.com cites the following: Copper supply volatility, including tube and wire. “Seventy-seven percent of home builders the NAHB surveyed said they had encountered at least some shortage of copper wire.” PVC resin and […]

Strut Increase on Tuesday, 7/6

Strut manufacturers have announced that they will be raising prices on all products due to rising input costs. We will be holding current pricing levels through Friday, 7/2, and implementing a 7% increase with a new list price sheet when we return from the July 4th holiday break on Tuesday, 7/6. Please call your sales […]