Escalating Costs In Materials Challenge Manufacturers In Gulf Coast Rebuilding Efforts

As the Gulf Coast digs out from the wreckage left from Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, many electrical industry executives were trying to make sense of the pricing increases for some materials now needed in the rebuilding efforts.

The PVC pipe market appears to be the hardest hit by price increases directly attributed to the storms. But many manufacturers of products with a high content of steel or copper were already factoring in price increases because of escalating materials

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