By Dan Markham, MCN Editor In this month’s flat-roll market feature by Associate Editor Jonathan Samples (Page 14), Esmark CEO Jim Bouchard described the business conditions in 2017 as “steady but sloppy.” That also happens to be a pretty accurate description of the year as a whole for the metals industry. On the steady side we find the consumption picture. While demand for steel and other products didn’t enjoy massive growth in 2017, shipments from service centers have been up consistently since the start of the year. Domestic steel mills in the U.S. have enjoyed similar gains, with crude steel production up...