Steel and Aluminum Tariffs in the U.S.

The recent announcements by President Trump regarding tariffs on imported steel and aluminum under Section 232 are having a major impact on pricing in the market and we expect it to continue over the next few months. The new tariffs that […]

What is Anodizing?

The Willis Tower (once known as the Sears Tower) in Chicago used anodized aluminum. Anodizing is a simple electrochemical process developed more than 75 years ago that forms a protective coating of aluminum oxide on the surface of the aluminum. The […]

Metal in Environmental Engineering

Heavy metals have been around for thousands of years and used in various applications worldwide. Although the harmful health effects of heavy metals have been known for a long time, exposure to heavy metals seems to be inevitable in today’s […]

Play Ball: What Are Baseball Bats Made Of?

The evolution of the baseball bat is an interesting one…While today we see our favorite baseball players swinging beautiful custom-made baseball bats worth a couple hundred dollars, the pros of yesteryear had to make their own baseball bats from wood […]

Benefits of Having an Aluminum Fence

Wood, wrought iron, and chain link are the materials that usually come to mind when people think about fencing. After all, these are the traditional fencing materials that have been very popular with property owners for a long time. However, […]

Aluminum Facts

What comes to mind when you think about aluminum? For most of us, we tend to think about aluminum foil and other more basic uses of the metal. Aluminum, however, is an extremely interesting metal not to be overlooked. Check […]

How to Clean Aluminum

There is no shortage of uses for aluminum. From decorative art to patio furniture and commercial use, aluminum is a flexible metal seen both indoors and outdoors. With time, however, grime and residue build up on the metal, taking away […]

5 Reasons to Choose Aluminum for Your Next Project

Next in line to steel, aluminum is one of the most popular metals out there—and for good reason. Besides being durable, aluminum is extremely versatile too, making it a great option for just about any project. If you’re not sure […]

The Benefits of Aluminum in Construction

Today businesses around the world maintain a high demand for aluminum. Once considered so rare that Napoleon III of France used to bring out aluminum plates at formal state dinners, today most people have seen and used numerous items containing aluminum. China reports […]

Is Aluminum a Metal?

Yep. Aluminum is definitely a metal. In fact, it’s the most abundant metal in Earth’s crust. Not only that, but it’s the second most abundant material in Earth’s crust after silicon. And luckily for you, Tampa Steel and Supply has […]