Category: Supply Chain

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 […]

The Global Shipping Backup on Video

A video from the U.S. Coast Guard shows the massive backup of container ships waiting to be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles. As we’ve previously mentioned, Covid-19 disruptions continue to affect the availability of dock workers needed to unload ships and containers. With a backup in Western receiving, containers themselves aren’t able to […]

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 […]

January Market Update, Import Steel Increase 1/18

What’s happening: All three major pipe products categories all volatile to start 2021. PVC, copper and steel pipe have seen increases. This is due to increasing costs in raw materials and freight. The global market for raw materials including steel, PVC resin and copper has been more volatile than every before all at once. We […]

Container Freight Rates Continue to Surge

As previously mentioned, demand for ocean shipping has maxed out carrier capacity, and carriers are turning bookings away for shipments out of Asia, a major source of Globally Sourced Steel Pipe. Containers are piling up at ports, with 40′ storage containers becoming unavailable. 20′ containers are available, but in short supply and double the normal […]

A December Update on Commodity Products; Steel, Copper and PVC

Learn more about upcoming price increases on Globally Sourced Steel Pipe and Strut products. As the United States and the rest of the world recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, the supply chain for commodity pipe products is being tested. Recent coronavirus surges in the U.S. have slowed recent reopenings, but news of upcoming vaccines are […]

Hurricane Laura’s Impact on PVC Manufacturing

This past week, Hurricane Laura severely damaged parts of Louisiana where a large amount of PVC resin is produced. Many PVC Pipe mills are supplied from resin producers in this area. The aftermath is being assessed and PVC manufacturers are disclosing damages and timelines for repairs.  This disruption in the supply chain joins other challenges […]

Hurricane Laura and the PVC Supply Chain

A potentially large hurricane, being called Laura, is currently moving toward the Gulf Coast. There’s a lot of PVC-related manufacturing and infrastructure located in Laura’s path. This development has the potential to disrupt the PVC supply chain, which has already been experiencing tightness related to Covid-19 stoppages. What’s Happening, How We’re Preparing We’re currently preparing […]

PVC Pipe Delivery From United Pipe & Steel

New List Price Sheet, PVC Resin Market Update

PVC pipe mills have just announced that due to the rising cost of PVC resin, which you can read more about below, an increase of about 5% will be applied to the following products: PVC Schedule 40 PVC Foam Core PVC Schedule 80 List price sheets are available here on our website. Our new list […]