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I understand the situation and was aware of the Algoma decision.  I have
used the 350W edition of the CISC Handbook for some time now.  My confusion
is that here in the Victoria  BC area, when I investigate availability I am
being told that 350W sections are not being specified here on the Island.

If that is so, then maybe the West Coast is working under "different"
conditions from back East?

Can someone in the Vancouver/Mainland/Vanc. Island area respond to my

Thor Tandy  P.Eng  MCSCE
Victoria BC

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Ransom <ad026(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Sunday, May 16, 1999 1:04 AM
Subject: Re: 350W Availability

>> I received the notice of Algoma ceasing production in April 99.
>> Further I have contact a couple of vendors on Vancouver Island and it =
>> seems that 350W, although available, is not commonly specified here =
>> except for bridges and special uses.  It is 10% - 15% more expensive and
>> availability is by order from Vancouver suppliers.  I therefore conclude
>> that 300W is still the steel of choice in this neck of the woods.
>> Is this scenario the same throughout Canada and/or North America.
>Structural steel in Canada has met G40.21 350W for wide flange sections
>for some time, regardless of the quality that is ordered/specified. The
>price difference reflects market acceptance and has been decreasing.
>There is almost no difference in most of North America, now, and any
>residual difference has been the result of savvy salemanship. The
>industry is feeling competitive pressures to reduce the number of grades
>that are maintained. The CISC has recently recognized this reality in
>the Handbook by providing the 350W update booklet to the 6th edition and
>basing the 7th edition tables on 350W as the preferred quality (Note the
>bold 350W printed on the cover).
>The notice about Algoma was specific that they would cease production of
>W sections, only. The second notice revised the date. They will continue
>making plate, sheet and WWF shapes.
>Paul Ransom, P. Eng.
>Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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