Buyer's Guide


February 2013

AISC Design Guide: Structural Stainless Steel
North American structural engineers are increasingly using stainless steel for industrial, infrastructure and architectural applications. Currently, their only design resource is the ASCE standard for cold-formed structural members. Design assistance is needed for larger structural sections (0.125 inches (3.2 mm) and heavier). In response to that need, SSINA and eight other organizations sponsored the new AISC Design Guide: Structural Stainless Steel, which will be published in mid-2013.

Educational presentations on the new design guide are planned for the SEI Structures Congress in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 8:30 to 10 AM on May 3, 2013 and at the North American Steel Construction Conference in Toronto in 2014. Look for announcements of other opportunities to learn about stainless steel structural design after the guide is published.

October 2010
Public Policy Positions of the Specialty Steel Industry of North America

June 2010

The term “Buy America” refers to a number of statutory programs that require governmental contracting agencies to give a preference to American-made goods and materials when procuring them for public use or awarding contracts for the construction, alteration, or repair of public buildings and public works. The U.S. Congress and various states have enacted Buy American policies to ensure that taxpayer dollars will be used to create and preserve jobs domestically. Click here
to learn more about Buy American policies and how they impact specialty steel.

The History of Stainless Steel
As stainless steel approaches its hundredth anniversary, a new book, The History of Stainless Steel, provides fascinating details about the innovations of pioneers like Brearley, William Van Alen, and the Edward G. Budd Company and its important contributions to modern life. With 68 years of industry experience, Harold Cobb captures this history in well researched detail. The 360 page book can be obtained from ASM International and includes a 78-page timeline

December 2009

Undue Impact of Climate Legislation on Specialty Steel Production:
Requested Legislative Amendments

March 2009

SSINA Announces Election of New Chairman and Vice Chairman

October 2008

“China’s Specialty Steel Subsidies: Massive, Pervasive, and Illegal”

Comments before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative by David A. Hartquist on China's Compliance With Its Commitments to The World Trade Organization.

April 2008

Remarks by SSINA counsel David A. Hartquist to American
Metal Market Stainless & Its Alloys Conference on April 15, 2008.

September 17, 2007

Impact of China's Trade Policies on U.S. Stainless Steel Industry: Speech Presented by David A. Hartquist at AMM's China Summit Event and Press Release

August 23, 2007

Updated Study Alleges Unfair Trade Advantages Conferred On China's Stainless Steel Producers

April 2007

New Study on Chinese Government Subsidies to the Stainless Steel Industry

Steel and the National Defense (January 2007)

U.S. Steel Industry Analysis: Importance of Domestically-Produced Steel to Overall National Defense Objectives and Economic and Military Security

The China Syndrome

The China Syndrome: How Subsidies and Government Intervention Created the World's Largest Steel Industry (July 2006)

Specialty Metals and the National Defense

Letter to President Bush on American Competitiveness Initiative
(letter dated February 3, 2006 and signed by SSINA Chairman Jack W. Shilling)

Press Release dated December 6, 2005
Report Prepared by SSINA Member Companies (December 2005)


Hot Line for Technical Questions is now available exclusively online via our KnowledgeBase. Please note that the online form is for technical questions only.

The member companies of the Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA) are keenly interested in “climate change” policy and its potential effects on energy prices and industry competitiveness. For this reason, SSINA has voluntarily supported the Department of Energy’s Climate VISION program, including reporting on energy consumption since the U.S. steel industry joined the program in 2002. Read more>

Society had become increasingly concerned with the health of the natural environment and the role of materials in impacting the ecosystem. Read more>

Sampling method and protocol that should be used to sample for
hexavalent chromium

Companies that can conduct exposure testing for hexavalent chromium

Hexavalent Chromium Is Not Present in Stainless and Specialty Steels

“LEED” Certification points for using STAINLESS STEEL

LEED Fact SheetThe stainless steel producing members of the Specialty Steel Industry of North America indicated that the average post-consumer recycle content of the 300 series stainless steel grades, generally used in the building and construction market is approximately 75 to 85%.

If you have stainless steel appliances and also have slate or tile in the kitchen, DO NOT USE MURIATIC ACID to clean the tile or slate -IT WILL STAIN THE STAINLESS STEEL.

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