Over the next several years the domestic structural steel industry will face a broad range of external challenges. These challenges will come from competing materials, changing marketplace conditions and demographics, increasing imports, legislated material preferences, increasing emphasis on sustainability, and a tightening labor supply. Identifying and understanding these challenges is the first step to successfully addressing them as an industry.
1. Learn about the current status and impacts of the Section 232 and Section 301 tariffs, and how these tariffs may impact your project’s budgets and sustainability when foreign steel is utilized.
2. Learn how some state procurement laws and sustainability requirements can impact your design decisions in the West.
3. Learn how best to collaborate with your steel fabricator through early involvement to best manage the schedule needs on your unique project while recognizing the benefits of domestically fabricated product.
4. Know where to go for future knowledge on trade issues impacting structural steel so that designers can continue to deliver a project with the integrity, strength and durability that structural steel’s legacy has been built on for over the last 100 years.