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Jelani Rucker serves as VP of Marketing and Business Development for the Zekelman Industries, managing marketing, new business and strategic relationships across the entire Zekelman Industries product portfolio. With more than 15 years of leadership experience in business operations, management, sales and marketing, he has held senior positions at Lucent Technologies, BCI Communications and TESSCO Inc. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and a master’s degree in technical management from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.

What fast tracking trade agreements could mean for domestic manufacturing

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On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation – The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 – to Congress.

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3 Indicators of Construction’s Growth in 2015

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As predicated at the end of 2014, the construction industry is slated to grow during the next year (and beyond). With construction starts estimated to increase 9% from 2014 to $612 billion, we’ve already begun to see some indicators of this growth in areas such as employment, the construction backlog indicator and construction spending. 

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World Steel Association’s #steeltalks Twitter Debate Recap

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, the World Steel Association presented a Twitter debate, #steeltalks, focused on steel and its role in creating a more sustainable world. With more than 250 participants in the debate, the topic made for interesting debate and conversation among industry professionals.

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4 Challenges of Manufacturing Made in America Products

Over the past several years, there has been a surge in American-made products. As a country, we shipped production and jobs overseas where cheap labor resulted in higher profit margins for many companies. Thankfully, we have begun to usher production back into the United States, which has resulted in a resurgence in the number of products made and manufactured right here on American soil.

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US Solar Market Insight Report Q3 2014: What You Should Know

Tweet: 2014 is on track to be the largest year in #solar history for concentrated solar power. http://ctt.ec/_gWs2+ via @JMCSteelGroup
Tweet: 36% of all new electric generating capacity came from #solar according to @SEIA US Solar Market Insight Q3 2014  http://ctt.ec/coUj6+
Tweet: Utility #solar PV is responsible for much of the industry’s growth. http://ctt.ec/de2IB+ via @JMCSteelGroup

Released in December by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research, the US Solar Market Insight Report Q3 2014 offers valuable and exciting data about the solar industry and trends within the sector.

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