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Let's Talk Tariffs

It's been a challenging year, to say the least, for any industry that depends on steel. News early in the year of possible tariffs on imported steel resulted in a series of the most frequent and drastic price increases seen in recent history. Another costly blow came when the tariffs went into effect a few short weeks ago. In response to the increased cost of foreign steel, domestic steel prices are on the rise as well. Metal sheeting, framing, fasteners, roll-up doors, and even related products including insulation and sealants have increased in cost considerably since the beginning of the year, leaving the entire self-storage industry to adjust to what will be the new norm in terms of the cost of materials. There has been speculation as of late that steel pricing may drop in the last quarter of 2018 or first quarter of 2019, but nevertheless it will likely be a very long time before prices return to what they were at the end of 2017.

Our goal at A-Lert is as it always has been, to provide our customers with the best level of service possible, to manufacture top-quality products, and to erect metal buildings that we and our customers can be proud of. Steel pricing is and will continue to be volatile for some time. What can you do? Don't wait. Call us today at 1-800-210-2375.