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My Other Home Page is MSC
Posted by Tom Klemens on October 4, 2011 at 10:51 AM.

Did you know that many web browsers allow you to select more than one home page? For example, when I open Microsoft Internet Explorer on my computer it automatically displays three web pages that I visit often: Google, MSC and the AISC intranet. Each has its own tab, so navigating from one to the other is simple, and they’re always close at hand.


Why should you make your other home page?


  • Never miss the daily post about steel in the news.
  • Learn about breaking news items long before they appear in print, often including convenient links to immediately help you find additional related information.
  • Find out about short lead time events, like webinars and other online opportunities.
  • Keep 50 years worth of industry information at your fingertips, freely accessible in the MSC Back Issue Archives.
  • Be among the first to know when new resources or educational opportunities become available.


It’s free, unobtrusive, and helps you stay on top of what’s going on in the fabricated structural steel industry.


Here’s how to add home pages in IE8.

1. Open your IE8 browser.

2. On the toolbar, roll your cursor over Tools.

3. From the drop down menu, select Internet Options.

4. On the General tab, the top item is Home page. That’s where you type in the full URL of each home page that would like to set up. This is where you would type in (Be sure to include the “http://” part.)

5. Click on the Settings button in the Tabs section (further down on that same General tab). This is the section that controls how the tabs are displayed in IE. To have multiple home pages open when you start your browser, make sure that “Open only the first home page when Internet Explorer starts” is unchecked. (On my computer, that is the default.)

6. Click OK to save your tabs settings, then click OK to save your Internet Options settings and close the window.


If you’re using Firefox 6, the process is a little different. First open each of the pages that you want to be your home pages in a new tab. Then go to Tools, select Options, and click on the button that says “Use Current Pages.”


Google Chrome limits you to one home page, but you can have multiple pages open when you start the browser. Open Chrome and click on the little wrench icon in the upper right hand corner, then select Options. In the “On startup” section select “Open the following pages” and type in the URLs of the web pages you would like to have open up. The next time you open Chrome, those pages will appear as separate tabs.


Thanks for being an MSC reader. We hope you’ll make us your other home page, too.


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September 2011: A Month for Steel
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 3, 2011 at 9:54 AM.

You may have noticed that structural steel had particularly high visibility in the month of September. From playing a vital role in rebuilding the sacred site of the World Trade Center in New York, to celebrating industry innovations and connecting with AEC professionals nationwide, to sharing its voice in standing up for domestic steel and domestic jobs, the structural steel industry shined in the news spotlight in September.


Rebuilding the World Trade Center
As the nation observed the 10th anniversary of 9/11, signs of recovery were shown in the progress of rebuilding the World Trade Center. Steel for 1 World Trade Center (formerly known as the Freedom Tower) has risen to at least the 80th floor (and is rising at a floor per week), at 1,000 ft above street level, and is now the tallest building in Lower Manhattan. It is visible in the skyline from around New York and northern New Jersey.


The steel tower at 1 World Trade Center is one of four skyscrapers envisioned for the site, as well as a transportation hub (see the project renderings and learn more in our previous news post at, a museum, and a memorial that opened on the 10th anniversary of the 2001 attacks. The memorial is complete with reflecting pools and the victims’ names engraved in bronze parapets, set above the footprints of the fallen towers.


Watch an ironworker video album from 1 WTC, “The Sky Cowboys,” on the New York Times website at, showing appreciation for the cadre of these skilled and brave workers. Visit our previous news post to learn more about the project’s construction progress at


Third Annual SteelDay Draws in Largest Attendance
SteelDay 2011More than 10,000 people attended nearly 200 free events across the U.S. on September 23 for the third annual SteelDay. Hosted by AISC, its members and partners, this year’s SteelDay built on the success of the past two years, drawing in thousands more attendees and increasing its variety of networking and educational opportunities for the design and construction community. For a list of all the events that occurred, visit


For those who were unable to physically attend an event, AISC also offered a live SteelDay webinar on “Practical Steel Metallurgy for the Structural Steel User,” presented by Doug Rees-Evans of Steel Dynamics, Inc., attracting nearly 1,400 individual connections. A recording of the live presentation is now available for online viewing at (Earn CEUs from the presentation by taking and passing a quiz available at


For a full recap of highlights from the year’s SteelDay, view AISC’s press release at


Supporting Domestic Steel and Domestic Jobs
The National Steel Bridge Alliance, AISC’s bridge division, recently issued detailed statements outlining objections to purchasing foreign steel and off-shore fabrication for U.S. domestic projects such as the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Alaska’s $190 million Tanana River crossing project. NSBA’s public statements have garnered significant feedback from those in the structural design and construction industry, supporting the organization’s efforts to use U.S. steel and labor on domestic projects (see one example in our previous news post at


The mainstream news media has also taken notice of the controversy:


 playbutton_ed.pngNSBA Executive Director Roger Ferch was recently interviewed by FOX News about the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and said, “I saw one estimate of the fabrication man hours, the labor to construct this bridge in the fabrication shop of more than a million man hours. That’s a million man hours of work that should have been done in the U.S.” See the entire September 20 news story, “San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Controversially Made in China,” in a video recording available on the FOX News website at


ABC World News also aired a similar infrastructure news report on September 23, “U.S. Bridges, Roads Being Built by Chinese Firms,” for which Ferch was also interviewed. You can view the video recording online at


NSBA and AISC encourage the steel community to take action on this issue and contact their local representatives through AISC/NSBA’s Legislative Action page at

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