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AK STEEL HOLDING CORPORATION (AKS)

AK Steel Holding Corporation (ASHC), through its wholly owned subsidiary, AK Steel Corporation, produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels, and tubular products in the United States. The company produces flat-rolled carbon steels, including coated, cold-rolled, and hot-rolled products, as well as specialty stainless and electrical steels that are sold in slab, hot band, and sheet and strip forms. It sells flat-rolled carbon steels primarily to automotive manufacturers and to customers in the appliance, industrial machinery and equipment, and construction markets. The company's coated, cold rolled, and hot rolled carbon steel products are also sold to distributors, service centers, and converters, who may further process these products prior to reselling them. ASHC sells its stainless steel products primarily to customers in the automotive industry, as well as to manufacturers of food handling, chemical processing, pollution control, and medical and health equipment. Electrical steels are sold primarily to manufacturers of power transmission and distribution transformers, electrical motors and generators, and lighting ballasts. The company, through AK Tube LLC, also further finishes flat-rolled carbon and stainless steel into welded steel tubing used in the automotive, large truck, and construction markets, as well as by European trading companies that buy and sell steel and steel products. AK Steel Holding is headquartered in Middletown, Ohio.


MECHEL STEEL GROUP OAO (MTL)

Mechel Steel Group OAO, through its subsidiaries, operates as a steel and mining company in Russia. The company operates in two segments, Mining and Steel. The mining segment produces and sells coal, iron ore, and nickel, as well as supplies raw materials to third parties. The Steel segment comprises production and sale of semifinished steel products; carbon and specialty long products; carbon and stainless flat products; value-added downstream metal products, including hardware, forgings, and stampings; and coke and coking products. As of January 1, 2005, the company had proven and probable reserves of 171.8 million tones of coal, 89.0 million tones of iron ore, 15.9 million tones of nickel ore, and 19.2 million tones of limestone. Its coal, iron ore, and nickel mining interests are primarily in Russia and Kazakhstan. The company is headquartered in Moscow, Russian Federation.


CIA VALE DO RIO DOCE (RIO)

Valley of the Rio Doce Company engages primarily in mining and logistics businesses. It engages in iron ore mining, pellet production, manganese ore mining, and ferroalloy production, as well as in the production of nonferrous minerals, such as kaolin, potash, copper, and gold. The company's aluminum-related operations include bauxite mining, alumina refining, and aluminum metal smelting. Valley of the Rio Doce holds exploration claims that cover 12.0 million hectares in Brazil; and 3.8 million hectares in Gabon, Chile, Mozambique, Mongolia, Argentina, and Peru. In addition, it operates logistics systems, such as railroads and ports that are integrated with its mining operations. Further, the company has interests in nine hydroelectric power generation projects and three steel companies. Valley of the Rio Doce was founded in 1942 and is headquartered in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.


POHANG IRON & STEEL CO. LTD (PKX)

POSCO engages in the manufacture and sale of a line of steel products in South Korea. Its products comprise hot rolled and cold rolled products, plates, wire rods, silicon steel sheets, and stainless steel products. The company's hot rolled coils and sheets are used to manufacture structural steel used in the construction of buildings and bridges, railway rolling stocks, industrial pipes and tanks, and automobile chassis; and plates are used in shipbuilding, structural steelwork, offshore oil and gas production, power generation, mining, manufacture of earth-moving and mechanical handling equipment, boiler and pressure vessels, and other industrial machinery. Its wire rods are used primarily by manufacturers of wire, nails, bolts, nuts, and welding rods, as well as used in the manufacture of coil springs, tension bars, and tire cords in the automobile industry. The company's silicon steel sheets are used primarily in the manufacture of power transformers and generators, and rotating machines. POSCO's stainless steel products are used in the chemical, paper mills, aviation, automobile, construction, and food processing industries. The company also produces semifinished products, such as pig iron, billets, blooms, and slabs. POSCO was established in 1968 as Pohang Iron & Steel Co., Ltd. and changed its name to POSCO in 2002. The company is based in Seoul, South Korea.


COMPANHIA SIDERURGICA NACIONAL S.A (SID)

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) primarily operates as an integrated steel producer in Brazil. The company produces a range of steel products, including slabs, hot and cold-rolled, galvanized, and tin mill products for the distribution, packaging, automotive, home appliance, and construction industries. The company sells its steel products to customers in Brazil and 61 other countries in North America, Europe, and Asia through its sales force and distributors. CSN also mines iron ore, limestone, and dolomite, as well as maintains strategic investments in railroad, electricity, and ports. CSN was founded in 1941 and is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


METALICO INC (MEA)

Metalico, Inc. and its subsidiaries primarily engage in manufacturing, fabricating, and smelting lead metal products in the United States. Its products principally include sheet lead, shot, strip lead, and bulk lead, as well as lead wool, anodes, and babbitt. These products are sold primarily to the roofing, plumbing, radiation shielding, electronic solders, ammunition, automotive, and national defense industries. The company also engages in the collection, processing, and sale of ferrous and nonferrous metals in the United States. It collects industrial and obsolete scrap metal, processes it into reusable forms, and supplies the recycled metals to various consumers, including electric arc furnace mills, integrated steel mills, foundries, secondary smelters, aluminum recyclers, and metal brokers. Metalico is headquartered in Cranford, New Jersey.


SCHNITZER STEEL INDUSTRIES INC (SCHN)

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. engages in metal recycling, self-service used auto parts, and mini-mill steel manufacturing businesses in the United States. The Metal Processing and Recycling segment buys, processes, and recycles ferrous and nonferrous metals for sale to foreign and other domestic steel producers, or their representatives, as well as to the steel manufacturing business. The Mini-Mill Steel Manufacturing segment produces rebar, merchant bar, wire rod, coiled rebar, and other specialty products. The Self-Service Used Auto Parts segment purchases salvaged vehicles, sells parts from those vehicles through its retail facilities and wholesale operations, and sells the remaining portion of the vehicles to metal recyclers. The company has a joint venture with Hugo Neu Corporation. Schnitzer Steel Industries was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.


CLEVELAND-CLIFFS INC (CLF)

Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc. produces iron ore pellets in North America. The company manages and owns interests in North American mines; and owns ancillary companies, providing transportation and other services to the mines. It operates six iron ore mines located in Michigan, Minnesota, and eastern Canada. The company manufactures 13 grades of iron ore pellets, including standard, fluxed, and high manganese, for use in its customer's blast furnaces as part of the steel making process. It sells its pellets to integrated steel companies in the United States and Canada. Cleveland-Cliffs was founded in 1847 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.


HIGHVELD STEEL AND VANADIUM CORPORATION LIMITED (HSVLY)

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GERDAU S.A (GGB)

Gerdau S.A. engages in the production and distribution of crude steel and related long rolled products, drawn products, and long specialty products. The company produces steel based on the minimill concept, whereby steel is produced in electric arc furnaces from scrap and pig iron. Gerdau also produces steel from iron ore. The company manufactures steel products for use by civil construction, manufacturing, and agribusiness. Gerdau produces billets, which serve as inputs for the production of wire rod, rebars, merchant bars, shapes, and others; blooms, which are used to manufacture springs, forged parts, shapes, and seamless tubes; and slabs, which are used to produce hot and cold coils, heavy slabs, profiling, oxy-cutting, and others. The company's long rolled products include rebars, merchant bars, and profiles. Its drawn products include barbed and barbless fence wires, galvanized wires, fences, concrete reinforcing wire mesh, nails, and clamps. Gerdau also produces specialty and stainless steel used in tools and machinery, chains, fasteners, railroad spikes, and special coil steel. In addition, it produces special section profiles, such as grader blades, smelter bars, light rails, light I-beams, and elevator guide rails. The company markets its products principally in Brazil, the United States, Canada, and Chile, as well as, to a lesser extent, in Argentina and Uruguay. Gerdau was founded by Johannes Heinrich Kaspar Gerdau and Hugo Gerdau in 1901. The company is headquartered in Porto Alegre, Brazil.


MITTAL STEEL COMPANY NV (MT)

Mittal Steel Company N.V., through its subsidiaries, operates as a global steel company. It produces a range of finished and semifinished steel products that include hot-rolled sheets, cold-rolled sheets, electro-galvanized and coated steel, bars, wire-rods, wire-products, pipes, billets, blooms, and slabs. Hot-rolled sheet is used in the manufacture of various nonsurface critical applications, such as automobile suspension arms, frames, wheels, and other unexposed parts in auto and truck bodies, agricultural equipment, construction products, machinery, tubing, pipe, and guard rails. Cold-rolled steel is used in applications, such as exposed automobile and appliance panels. Coated sheet is used in automobile exteriors, household appliances, roofing and siding, heating and air conditioning equipment, air ducts, and switch boxes, as well as in certain packaging applications, such as food containers. Bar steel is used for making axles, crankshafts, transmission gears, bearings, and tubes. Wire rods are used in automotive, construction, welding, and engineering sectors. Wire products are used in springs, concrete wire, electrical conductors, and structural cables. Billets/Blooms are used for further processing by rolling to produce finished products, including wire rod, merchant bars, and other sections. Slab is used as a starting material in the production process of other flat products, such as hot rolled sheet. The company was founded in 1997 by Lakshmi N. Mittal under the name Ispat International N.V. and changed its name to Mittal Steel Company N.V. in 2004. Mittal Steel is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


METAL MANAGEMENT INC (MM)

Metal Management, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the collection, processing, and marketing of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metals. It collects and processes industrial scrap metal and obsolete scrap metal into reusable forms and sells recycled scrap metals to electric-arc furnace mills, integrated steel mills, foundries, secondary smelters, and metal brokers. The company's ferrous products include shredded, sheared, cold briquetted, and bundled scrap metal, and other purchased scrap metal, such as turnings, cast, and broken furnace iron. It also processes nonferrous metals, including aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and other nickel-bearing metals, brass, titanium, and high-temperature alloys. In addition, the company provides dismantling services, such as dismantling of obsolete machinery, buildings, and other structures containing metal, as well as provides stevedoring services. Metal Management, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.


RIO TINTO PLC (RTP)

Rio Tinto plc. engages in the exploration, mining, and processing of mineral resources. It supplies minerals and metals, which include aluminium, copper, and diamonds energy products, gold, industrial minerals, and iron ore. Rio Tinto is based in London.


STEEL DYNAMICS INC (STLD)

Steel Dynamics, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of steel products in the United States. The company sells a range of hot-rolled, cold-rolled, and coated steel products, including various specialty products, such as thinner gauge hot-rolled products, galvanized products, and painted products. It also sells structural steel beams, pilings, and other steel components. In addition, the segment sells special bar-quality and merchant bar-quality rounds, and round-cornered squares. Its products are used primarily in the automotive, construction, commercial, transportation, and industrial machinery markets. Additionally, the company fabricates trusses, girders, steel joists, and steel decking for the nonresidential construction industry, as well as sells standard and premium grade rails for the railroad industry. Steel Dynamics was incorporated in 1993 and is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


HARSCO CORPORATION (HSC)

Harsco Corporation provides industrial services and engineered products worldwide. It operates in three segments: Mill Services, Access Services, and Gas Technologies. The Mill Services segment provides outsourced, onsite mill services to the steel and metals industries worldwide. The Access Services segment provides scaffolding, shoring, forming, and other access solutions. It rents and sells scaffolding, powered access equipment, shoring, and concrete forming products. This segment also provides access design engineering, onsite installation and dismantling, and other access equipment services. It serves the nonresidential construction and industrial plant maintenance markets. The Gas Technologies segment offers gas containment and control products, including cryogenic gas storage tanks; acetylene cylinders; propane tanks; and composite vessels for industrial gases. Its gas control products include valves and regulators for the industrial gas, commercial refrigeration, life support, and outdoor recreation industries. This segment also provides air-cooled heat exchangers for the natural gas industry. Harsco also provides equipment and services to maintain, repair, and construct railway track; and manufactures slag abrasives and residential roofing granules, as well as various industrial grating products, including riveted, pressure-locked, and welded grating in steel, aluminum, and fiberglass, which are used in industrial flooring, safety, and security applications. It also manufactures powder processing equipments, such as blenders, dryers, and mixers for the chemical, pharmaceutical, and food processing industries, and heat transfer products, such as water heaters and boilers for commercial applications. The company was founded in 1850 as The Harrisburg Car Manufacturing Company and changed its name to Harrisburg Steel Corporation in 1935. It then changed its name to Harsco Corporation in 1956. The company is headquartered in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.


NOVAMERICAN STEEL INC (TONS)

Novamerican Steel, Inc. engages in the processing and distribution of carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum products. It also operates as an intermediary between primary metal producers and manufacturers. The company's flat-rolled processing services include slitting, leveling, cutting-to-length, roll forming, blanking, plate burning, and pickling. In addition, it also produces steel tubing used for various markets, such as the structural and automotive markets; and also manufactures steel components for heavy equipment parts and accessories. Novamerican's customers include automotive parts manufacturers and stampers; other steel service centers; general fabricators; and manufacturers of transportation equipment, material handling equipment, electrical components, appliances, storage tanks, railway cars, ship building material, construction and heavy equipment, and agricultural equipment. Novamerican Steel was incorporated in 1997 and is based in LaSalle, Canada.


WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES INC (WOR)

Worthington Industries, Inc. operates as a diversified metal processing company focusing on steel processing and manufactured metal products primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Processed Steel Products, Metal Framing, and Pressure Cylinders. The Processed Steel Products segment processes flat-rolled steel and supplies automotive exterior body panels. This segment primarily serves the automotive, construction, lawn and garden, hardware, electrical control, leisure and recreation, appliance, farm implement, container, and aerospace markets. The Metal Framing segment designs and produces metal framing components and systems, as well as related accessories for the commercial and residential construction markets. Its products include steel studs and track, floor and wall system components, roof trusses, and other metal framing accessories. This segment's customers primarily consist of wholesale distributors, commercial and residential building contractors, and big box building material retailers. The Pressure Cylinders segment produces low-pressure liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), refrigerant gas cylinders, and high-pressure and industrial/specialty gas cylinders. Its LPG cylinders are primarily used for gas barbecue grills, recreational vehicle equipment, residential heating systems, industrial forklifts, and commercial/residential cooking. Refrigerant gas cylinders are used to hold refrigerant gases for commercial and residential air conditioning and refrigeration systems, as well as for automotive air conditioning systems. High-pressure and industrial/specialty gas cylinders are containers for gases primarily used in cutting and welding metals; and breathing, such as in medical, diving, and firefighting. It sells its products primarily to major refrigerant gas producers and distributors. Worthington Industries was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.


TENARIS S.A (TS)

Tenaris, S.A., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and distribution of seamless steel pipe products to the oil and gas, energy, and other industries worldwide. Its principal products include casing, tubing, line pipe, and mechanical and structural pipes. The company also produces welded steel pipes for oil and gas pipelines and industrial uses, as well as pipe accessories. Its other products and services include sucker rods used in oil extraction activities. Additionally, the company supplies electricity and natural gas to industrial companies in Italy. Tenaris was founded in 1909 and is based in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.


COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY (CMC)

Commercial Metals Company engages in the manufacture, recycle, marketing, and distribution of steel and metal products, and related materials and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates four steel minimills that produce reinforcing bar, angles, flats, rounds, fence-post sections, and other shapes located in Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, and Arkansas; scrap processing facilities that directly support these steel minimills; and a copper tube minimill in Virginia. It also manufactures rebar, wire rod, and merchant bar in central Europe; and sells rebar primarily to fabricators, distributors, and construction companies, as well as wire rod to meshmakers, endusers, and distributors. In addition, Commercial Metals Company operates steel reinforcing bar fabrication and construction-related product facilities from 11 locations in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Mississippi. These facilities provide fabricating joists and special beams for floor and ceiling support, and steel fence posts. The company processes secondary metals or scrap metals; and sells recycled metals to steel mills and foundries, aluminum sheet and ingot manufacturers, brass and bronze ingot makers, copper refineries and mills, secondary lead smelters, specialty steel mills, high temperature alloy manufacturers, and other consumers. Further, it buys and sells primary and secondary metals, fabricated metals, and other industrial products to the manufacturers in the steel, nonferrous metals, metal fabrication, chemical, refractory, and transportation businesses. Commercial Metals Company was founded in 1915 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.


UNIVERSAL STAINLESS & ALLOY PRODUCTS INC (USAP)

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. (USAP) engages in the manufacture and marketing of semifinished and finished specialty steel products. These products include stainless steel, tool steel, and certain other alloyed steels. These are offered in various grades, widths, and gauges in response to customer specifications, such as long products, including ingots, blooms, billets, and bars; and flat rolled products, including slabs and plates. USAP's products are sold to re rollers, forgers, service centers, wire redrawers, and original equipment manufacturers. The company's customers further process its products for use primarily in the equipment manufacturing, power generation, and aerospace industries. It also performs conversion services on materials supplied by customers. The company was incorporated in 1994 and is based in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania.


TERNIUM S.A (TX)

Ternium S.A., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and distribution of flat and long steel products. It operates in three segments: Flat Steel Products, Long Steel Products, and Others. The Flat Steel Products segment manufactures and markets flat steel products, including hot rolled coils and sheets, cold rolled coils and sheets, tin plate, welded pipes, hot dipped galvanized and electrogalvanized sheets, and prepainted sheets. The Long Steel Products segment manufactures and markets billets, wire rod, and bars. The Other products segment includes products pig iron and pellets. Ternium sells its products in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador, as well as Europe. The company was incorporated in 2003 as Zoompart Holding S.A. and changed its name to Ternium S.A. in 2005. The company is based in Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Ternium S.A. is subsidiary of San Faustin N.V.


NORTHWEST PIPE COMPANY (NWPX)

Northwest Pipe Company manufactures welded steel pipe for water works, hydroelectric construction, and mining, agricultural, fire-protection, and industrial applications. The company operates through two segments, Water Transmission and Tubular Products. The Water Transmission segment manufactures and markets large diameter, high-pressure steel pipe used primarily for water transmission. Its products are custom manufactured in accordance with project specifications and are used primarily for high-pressure water transmission pipelines in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company sells its products primarily to public water agencies either directly or through an installation contractor. The Tubular Products segment manufactures and markets smaller diameter, electric resistance welded steel pipe for use in various construction, agricultural, energy, and industrial applications, including water well casing, fire protection, fence, traffic sign support, and agricultural products. The company markets its products through a network of direct sales force personnel and independent distributors, as well as original equipment manufacturers in the United States and Canada. Northwest Pipe Company is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.


CARPENTER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (CRS)

Carpenter Technology Corporation engages in the manufacture, fabrication, and distribution of specialty metals and engineered products. Its Specialty Metals segment offers stainless steels; titanium; high temperature alloys; electronic alloys; tool steels; and other alloys in billet, bar, wire, rod, strip, and powder forms. The Engineered Products segment engages in the manufacture and sale of structural ceramic products and ceramic cores for the investment casting industry and custom shaped bar. The company also produces metal powders and fabricated metal products. Its products are used in aircraft, medical devices, sporting equipment, and chemical and petroleum processing. Carpenter Technology distributes its products through its service centers and distribution centers located worldwide. The company was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania.


GERDAU AMERISTEEL (GNA)

Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation operates steel minimills in North America. The company manufactures and markets a range of steel products, including reinforcing steel bar, merchant bars, structural shapes, beams, special sections, coiled wire rod, and flat rolled sheet. It also processes steel principally produced in its minimills. The company's downstream operations consist of rebar fabrication and epoxy coating; railroad spike operations; cold drawn plants; super light beam processing and elevator guide rails; wire mesh, collated nails, chain link fabric fencing, and wire drawing; and grinding balls. Gerdau Ameristeel sells its products primarily to steel service centers; steel fabricators; or directly to original equipment manufacturers for use in various applications in a range of industries, including construction, automotive, mining, cellular and electrical transmission, metal building manufacturing, and equipment manufacturing. As of February 7, 2005, it owned and operated 15 mills, including a 50% owned mill in the United States and Canada. The company is based in Tampa, Florida. Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation is an indirect subsidiary of Gerdau S.A., as of December 31, 2004.


SYNALLOY CORPORATION (SYNL)

Synalloy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, produces specialty chemicals, pigments, stainless steel pipe, vessels, and process equipment in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Metals and Specialty Chemicals. The Metals segment manufactures stainless steel, and other metal pipe and piping systems for the chemical, petrochemical, liquid natural gas, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, mining, power generation, brewery, food processing, waste water treatment, nuclear, and other industries. Its products include fittings, tanks, pressure vessels, and other components. The Specialty Chemicals segment produces specialty chemicals and pigments for the textile, carpet, chemical, paper, metals, photographic, pharmaceutical, agricultural, fiber, and paint industries. Its products include defoamers, surfactants, dye assists, softening agents, polymers, and specialty lubricants. Synalloy, formerly known as Blackman Uhler Industries, Inc., was founded in 1945. It changed its name to Synalloy Corporation in 1967. Synalloy is headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina.


GREAT NORTHERN IRON ORE PROPERTIES (GNI)

Great Northern Iron Ore Properties engages in the leasing and maintenance of its mineral properties in Minnesota. The company owns interests in mineral and nonmineral lands on the Mesabi Iron Range of Minnesota. As of December 31, 2004, it owned mineral interests in 12,033 acres on the Mesabi Iron Formation, including approximately 7,443 acres that are wholly owned. Great Northern Iron Ore Properties was organized in 1906 and is based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


FRIEDMAN INDUSTRIES INC (FRD)

Friedman Industries, Incorporated engages in pipe manufacturing and processing, steel processing, and steel and pipe distribution. It purchases hot-rolled steel coils; processes the coils into flat, finished sheet, and plate; and sells these products on a wholesale basis. The Company also processes customer-owned coils on a fee basis. In addition, Friedman Industries manufactures, purchases, processes, and markets tubular products, primarily line and oil country pipe. The company sells coil products through its own sales force to steel distributors and customers fabricating steel products, located primarily in the midwestern, southwestern, and southeastern sections of the United States. Friedman Industries sells its tubular products to steel and pipe distributors, piling contractors, and Lone Star Steel Company. The company was incorporated in 1965 and is based in Houston, Texas.


OLYMPIC STEEL INC (ZEUS)

Olympic Steel, Inc. operates steel service center in North America. It primarily engages in processing and distributing carbon, coated carbon, and stainless steel, flat-rolled sheet, and coil and plate products. The company's services include both traditional service center processes of cutting to length, slitting, and shearing, as well as other processes of blanking, tempering, plate burning, laser welding, and precision machining and laser welding to process steel to specified lengths, widths, and shapes pursuant to specific customer orders. Olympic Steel also provides inventory stocking programs and in-plant employees located at customer locations. It serves customers in carbon steel consuming industries, including manufacturers and fabricators of transportation and material handling equipment, automobiles, construction and farm machinery, storage tanks, environmental and energy generation equipment, appliances, food service, and electrical equipment, as well as general and plate fabricators, and steel service centers. The company distributes its products through direct sales force. Olympic Steel was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.


NUCOR CORPORATION (NUE)

Nucor Corporation engages in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products in the United States. Its steel mills' products include hot-rolled steel, such as angles, rounds, flats, channels, sheet, wide-flange beams, pilings, billets, blooms, beam blanks, and plate; and cold-rolled steel. The company's steel products consist of steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, cold finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems, and light gauge steel framing. It sells its hot-rolled steel and cold-rolled steel to steel service centers, fabricators, and manufacturers; steel joists and joist girders, and steel deck to general contractors and fabricators; and cold finished steel and steel fasteners to distributors and manufacturers. Nucor was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.


CLAYMONT STEEL HOLDINGS INC (PLTE)

Claymont Steel Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, engages in the manufacture and sale of custom discrete steel plates in North America. It primarily produces three categories of plate steel that include carbon, high strength low alloy, and pressure vessel quality. The company's products are used in various end-use applications, including bridges, railcars, tool and die, and heavy machine and equipment. Claymont Steel was founded in 1988. It was formerly known as H.I.G. SteelCo Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to CitiSteel USA Holdings, Inc. in June 2006; and to Claymont Steel Holdings, Inc. in August 2006. The company is headquartered in Claymont, Delaware.


CHINA PRECISION STEEL INC (CPSL)

China Precision Steel, Inc., through its subsidiary, Shanghai Chengtong Precision Strip Co., Limited, operates as a precision steel processing company that engages in the production and sale of high precision cold-rolled steel products in the People's Republic of China. It produces thin cold-rolled precision steel strips ranging from 3.0 mm to 0.03 mm. The company also provides services, such as heat treatment and cutting of medium and high carbon hot-rolled steel strips and chrome series stainless steel. China Precision Steel's products are primarily used in the manufacture of automobile parts and components, food packaging materials, saw blades, textile needles, microelectronics, packing, and containers. The company was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.


GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES INC (ROCK)

Gibraltar Industries, Inc. engages in the processing, manufacture, and provision of steel products and services. The company operates in three segments: Processed Metal Products, Building Products, and Thermal Processing. The Processed Metal Products segment produces a range of cold-rolled strip steel products, coated sheet steel products, strapping products, and powdered metal products. The Building Products segment manufactures and distributes building and construction products that include ventilation products and accessories; mailboxes; roof edging, underlayment, and flashing; soffit; drywall corner bead; structural support products; coated coil stock; metal roofing and accessories; steel framing; rain-carrying systems, including gutters and accessories; bath cabinets; access doors; roof hatches and smoke vents; builders' hardware, shelving and closet rods; grilles and registers; diffusers; and fasteners. The Thermal Processing segment provides an array of processes, which refine the metallurgical properties of customer-owned metal products for various consumer and industrial applications. These processes include case-hardening, neutral-hardening and through-hardening, annealing, normalizing, vacuum hardening, carburizing, nitriding, and brazing. The company's primary customers include automobile manufacturers and suppliers, building product distributors, and commercial and residential contractors. It offers its products and services primarily through its sales personnel and outside sales representatives located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and central and South America. The company was formerly known as Gibraltar Steel Corporation and changed its name to Gibraltar Industries, Inc. in October 2004. Gibraltar Industries is headquartered in Buffalo, New York.


DAYTON SUPERIOR CORPORATION (DSUP)

Dayton Superior Corporation engages in the manufacture and distribution of metal accessories and forms used in concrete construction, as well as metal accessories used in masonry construction in North America. Its products include metal and plastic bar supports, anchor bolts, snap ties, rebar splicing devices, wall forming products, load transfer units, precast and tilt-up construction lifting hardware, and construction chemicals. The company also offers masonry and form liner products, welded dowel assemblies, architectural paving products, and concrete forming and shoring systems. Its products are used for various non-residential construction projects, including infrastructure projects, such as highways, bridges, airports, power plants, and water management projects; institutional projects, such as schools, stadiums, hospitals, and government buildings; and commercial projects, such as retail stores, offices and recreational facilities, and distribution and manufacturing facilities. Dayton Superior sells its products under various brands, including Dayton/Richmond, Aztec, Symons, BarLock, Jahn, Swift Lift, Steel-Ply, Dayton Superior, Conspec, Edoco, Dur-O-Wal, and American Highway Technology. In addition, the company sells and rents new and used concrete forming systems, shoring systems, and tilt-up construction products for the non-residential construction market in the United States. It serves rebar fabricators, precast and prestressed concrete manufacturers, brick and concrete block manufacturers, general contractors, distributors, and sub-contractors. The company was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. Dayton Superior Corporation is a subsidiary of Odyssey Investment Partners Fund, LP.


INSTEEL INDUSTRIES INC (IIIN)

Insteel Industries, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Insteel Wire Products Company, engages in the manufacture and marketing of concrete reinforcing products and industrial wire products for construction and industrial applications primarily in the United States. It offers concrete reinforcing products, which include welded wire reinforcement (WWR) and prestressed concrete strand (PC strand). WWR is produced as an engineered reinforcing product for use in nonresidential, infrastructure, and residential construction. PC strand is a seven-wire strand that is used to impart compression forces into precast concrete elements and structures, as well as provide reinforcement for bridges, parking decks, buildings, and other concrete structures. The company also produces a range of WWR products comprising concrete pipe reinforcement, standard welded wire reinforcement, and engineered structural mesh. Its industrial wire products include tire bead wire, which is a bronze-plated steel wire for use by tire manufacturers. In addition, the company provides specialty small diameter wire to manufacturers for a range of industrial and commercial applications. Insteel distributes its products directly to users, as well as through wholesalers and distributors in Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America. The company was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Mount Airy, North Carolina.


GRUPO SIMEC S.A. DE C.V (SIM)

Grupo Simec, S.A. de C.V. engages in the production, manufacture, and sale of small and medium sized structural steel products in Mexico. Its products primarily include I-beams, channels, angles, steel bars, flat bar, rebar, and specialty products. The company sells its products to construction contractors, fabricators, steel service centers, and manufacturers in the residential, commercial, and industrial construction markets. Grupo Simec distributes its products in Mexico, and exports to the United States. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Guadalajara, Mexico. Grupo Simec, S.A. de C.V. is a subsidiary of Industrias CH, S.A. de C.V.