Sko-Die E-Newsletter - October 2013

In this edition of the Sko-Die newsletter, we will be introducing our "Industry News" section, which we plan to make a recurring part of future newsletters and be added to our website under the News tab. Our goal in this regard is to provide customers with more information concerning hot industry topics and news that impacts their businesses. The Sko-Die team continues to keep a finger on the pulse of key issues within our industry and aims to provide additional value as a trusted partner.

This month's "Industry News" will be focus on the Antidumping Duty petitions and the Countervailing Duty petitions. We will also introduce you to Sko-Die's Shipping/Receiving Supervisor, Mario Saucedo.

Patrick Steininger


Industry News

Electrical Steel – The domestic manufacturers of Silicon Electric Steel (AK Steel and Allegheny Technologies, Inc.), have filed Antidumping Duty petitions as well as Countervailing Duty petitions with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission.  These actions were filed against specific countries with respect to Silicon Electric Steel sales within the United States. 

The petitions covering Grain Oriented Electrical Steels (GOES) were filed jointly by AK Steel, Allegheny Technologies, Inc. and the United Steelworkers union (USW). They claim that unfairly traded imports of GOES from seven named countries are causing material injury to the domestic steel industry. 

The petitions covering Non-Oriented Electrical Steel (NOES) were filed by AK Steel and also claim material injury to the domestic steel industry as a result of practices of several named countries in which producers of these steel products are located.

The Antidumping Duty petitions relate to what the claimants describe as unfairly low priced imports of these steel products. 

The Countervailing Duty petitions assert that certain producers are heavily subsidized by their respective governments.

Specific to the NOES petitions, AK Steel believes that certain global NOES producers have increased capacity to produce these grades of steel and that they have dumped their surplus capacity into the US Market. They believe that this has adversely affected the US market pricing for these products.

Because these grades of steel are such an integral aspect of the products that we supply to our customers, Sko-Die believes that these actions, initiated by the domestic producers of these materials, may have an immediate impact on the market pricing for these materials.  Depending on how these cases play out, the effects could have both short term and long term material cost implications. Our team is staying close to the issue and will keep our customers advised as to what, if any effect this action will have on the products that we supply.

Decisions are expected soon in these cases by the DOC and ITC as to whether these petitions have merit and what steps will be taken to investigate and act upon these claims.  For additional information please contact Sko-Die so that we can address any questions that you may have and discuss with you the potential implications of these actions by the producing mills. 

For additional reference, please use the following links.

Meet Sko-Die’s Shipping/Receiving Supervisor

Mario Saucedo

Every customer shipment that leaves Sko-Die’s shipping dock requires special packaging. Mario Saucedo, Sko-Die’s Shipping/Receiving Supervisor, is responsible for the packaging design that protects the product through to its destination. No two shipments are the same, and all shipments must be protected from handling and environmental conditions.  Custom “egg” cartons/boxes, banding, crating, palletizing, returnable packaging systems, shrink wrapping, VCI paper and plastic.  Whatever it takes to keep the product meeting Sko-Die’s high quality standards and to make sure shipments meet on-time delivery demands.

Mario’s talents go far beyond product packaging as he is also responsible for shipping documentation, transportation and receiving all materials and merchandise that keep Sko-Die’s production running smoothly.  He also supports the computerized inventory control and Kanban/JIT supply chain management systems and works closely with multiple vendors who supply steel, heat treating, plating and packaging materials.   

In 1998 Mario began his career at Sko-Die as a machine operator. Over the next several years, he worked as a die setter, quality inspector and welding and laser machine programmer/operator. Along with this hands on experience, Mario completed training classes in quality inspection, inventory management and control and Lean manufacturing.  With his promotion to his present position, Mario credits this experience and formal education for his ability to successfully interact with all the departments he deals with on a daily basis. Production, tool room, quality inspection, purchasing, accounting, billing, customer service and sales all rely on Mario to provide up-to-the-minute information.  His contributions are a key component to Sko-Die’s ability to deliver “Trusted Manufacturing Excellence.”

Mario is proud to be associated with Sko-Die, a business he sees as being prominent in the metal stamping industry.  He truly appreciates and is thankful for the opportunity he was given. With the great people he works with, from his co-workers to executive management, he looks forward to his personal growth in the coming years.

Mario has been married for 21 years and has four children who are attending elementary school through college.  That is only a part of the extremely busy life he has outside of Sko-Die.  Mario gives back to his community as part of the R/B United Soccer Club, a very big part.  He is in charge of this club that consists of 150 players from the Chicago land area ranging from the ages of 6 – 18. The teams play year-round and travel to competitions against teams/clubs/academies throughout the United States. He is proud to say that R/B United claims back-to back national championships, but he is most proud of helping the children build character and leadership skills that will carry them through the rest of their lives.   

For any questions concerning your account please contact:

Jeff Curtin, Customer Service Manager, 800-486-4756 X112,


Michael McGuire, Director – Business Development, 800-486-4756 X120,

For more information visit

Sko-Die Inc.| 8050 Austin Ave. - Morton Grove, IL 60053
Phone: 800-486-4756 | Fax: 847-966-0322

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