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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 […]

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 […]