Trouble in China: Uncertainty in the Steel Industry

There is a crisis in the Chinese steel manufacturing sector. Even though the government understands the need to transition workers to profitable industries, it is proving difficult. Closing down unnecessary factories is crucial to helping improve the Chinese economy, but it has proven difficult to accomplish. This is especially difficult because local government officials and business leaders keep the unneeded steel mills and other factories open in order to stave off unemployment and potential civil unrest.

The price of steel is steadily declining, as the production simply exceeds demand. The Chinese government hopes to close down unneeded steel factories, putting about 500,000 steel workers out of work. The hope is that workers will be able to transition to more stable industries such as services. Even so, Chinese factory workers have been unable to find employment in other industries, leaving many unemployed and some even staging protests.

This employment problem is a huge issue for the Chinese government. In an effort to maintain jobs to keep workers placated, many steel mills that should be closed have reopened, providing an artificial boost to the Chinese economy and factory workers.


The current instability of the Chinese economy has a negative impact on the global economy as well. As the Chinese government tries to avoid more protests, the close down of failing factories has slowed. This has led the U.S. to combat the influx of cheap Chinese steel imports by implementing stiff tariffs on Chinese steel.

Taking all of this into account, the importance of stability in supply and pricing becomes a crucial consideration. During this current election, some presidential candidates speak to the importance of free trade. Others talk about finding ways to keep the American manufacturing industry thriving and heavily taxing imports. Product based businesses must consistently meet consumer demand.  At Sharn, we use materials sourced in the U.S.A. We believe that we can provide value and a better product that way. We are a reliable source because of the uncertainty of the current state of foreign production. This is beneficial because it keeps money in the local economy as well as aiding in relieving unemployment in the United States. That helps you, the customer, as we are able to provide you with quality products at great prices, all made in America.

(Credit: Michael Schulman- A Steel Mill Lives Again, in a Setback for China via The New York Times)

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Happy Father’s Day!


Father’s Day is coming and it’s time to show your appreciation for that special man in your life! Here is a list of deals that can save you some dough while you celebrate with Dad.

Father’s Day Deals:

  • Amazon – there are LOTS of Father’s Day deals, including FREE one-day shipping on select items for dad
  • Kohl’s – Get $10 off $40 on your Father’s Day Gift Purchase when you use coupon code DADSDAY10, you can also print a pass to use in store and earn Kohl’s Cash!
  • Medieval Times – Dad is Free* Valid June 13th – 19th. Upgrade to get the Father’s Day package (additional $25) and get a framed photo of Dad, hero cape, and 25 oz glass stein with choice of beer.

*Use Code: DFWEB16

  • Beef O Brady’s – Dads can eat FREE at participating locations when you buy a meal at similar value- you may want to call ahead!
  • Hooters – They are offering Buy 10 Wings, Get 10 FREE
  • TCBY – They have a Free yogurt for Dad on Father’s Day
Many zoos and local attractions will offer FREE admission for Dad on Father’s Day too!

If you are from the Chicago Area:


Treat Dad to something different this Father’s Day aboard Spirit of Chicago and see the city from a unique perspective. With a delicious buffet, interactive DJ entertainment and great views, it’s easy to give Dad a present he’ll always remember.

Father’s Day Brunch Cruise | Sunday | 6/19/16

  • Fathers receive a complimentary cocktail (must be 21 or older)
  • Father’s Day Brunch Buffet Menu
  • Board: Noon | Cruise: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Price: from $64.90 per adult | $38.95 per child age 3-12*

Father’s Day Dinner Cruise | Sunday | 6/19/16

  • Fathers receive a complimentary cocktail (must be 21 or older)
  • Dinner Menu
  • Board: 5:30pm | Cruise: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Price: from $76.90 per adult | $45.95 per child age 3-12*

Call 866-273-2469 to book!


  • Chen’s– Dad gets a complimentary meal with this dinner- and dine-in-only offer.
  • Frontier has a buffet featuring a whole roasted pig. $20 gets you a plate.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. The most important thing is to spend the time to let dad know he is appreciated.


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Why work with Sharn?


As a manufacturing company, we know firsthand that you have other options to go with when it comes to advertising your products. So, why work with Sharn Enterprises? What sets us apart from the rest?

  1. You can count on our 41 years of reliable, efficient, and timely service.
  2. Since everything is manufactured “under one roof,” we are able to closely control both our quality and our pricing to you. We’re a small but diligent business, and a proud American manufacturer!
  3. We provide Professional custom design assistance. That’s just one of the benefits of working with our customer friendly staff.
  4. Since we are privately owned, we have unique flexibility on everything, ranging from the scheduling of small to large orders, to pricing and customer terms.
  5. And finally the biggest reason; we want to do business with you!

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What’s next? The Future after Graduation.

Last week I graduated from college and as I look back on my school experience, I am proud and humbled by what I’ve been able to accomplish. For me, it has been a goal that’s been long-held but seemingly impossible. Being in that “college graduate” group has imbued in me a sense of new beginnings and opportunities, as well as a feeling of accomplishment.

There have been many sacrifices that me and my family have made in order for this to be possible. As a mom, with children of varying ages, it was imperative to have A LOT of support from my spouse, my children, and my in-laws. This meant that every second of my day is planned and scheduled to balance family life with several part-time jobs and a full-time class schedule. Their support made it possible for me to graduate summa cum laude with honors, in addition to earning a scholarship that will make it possible for me to earn my bachelor’s degree tuition free (YAY!!).

I have always been a creative person and I’m glad I went with my gut when I signed up for classes. Most people wouldn’t think that an art major would have many opportunities, but I have found that my flexible way of thinking has been an asset. The education I’ve had is useful in many fields, and marketing takes creative and spontaneous thinking.

Every job I’ve had has been a learning experience, and my opportunity to intern at Sharn for the last 5 months has been an amazing experience. I learned about work culture in a supportive environment, and gained skills that I’ll be able to apply in the future. The greatest lesson I have learned from my experience at Sharn is to just be yourself and be confident. Because of this opportunity, I see a future that is filled with possibility, as I venture out into the workforce.


Me at graduation

Though I sometimes thought completing my education would be too difficult or out of reach, graduating has brought me one step closer to achieving my dreams. I also learned that I have the skills and abilities necessary to be successful in new ventures. As I continue my education, I wonder about what my next steps will be. I just need to remember to put one foot in front of the other and I will get where I’m going.

Melinda Arce-Gudino (Marketing Intern)

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