It’s time for the titans of the steel industry to get their due

Aug 01, 2010 | 09:16 AM | David Brooks

In the cut and thrust of the modern steel industry, it's all too easy to forget to recognize the achievements of individuals and enterprises that have helped drive the industry forward.

Modern markets demand a focus on short-term results, and sometimes recognition of what might be lasting contributions is worryingly momentary. That's one reason why it was such a pleasure recently to help present the first AMM Awards for Steel Excellence.

There were some truly outstanding nominations for the array of awards, and it seemed long overdue that the industry should recognize its finest achievements and achievers. As Tom Graham notes in his column this month (page 74), the tributes to former Nucor Corp. chief executive officer Ken Iverson, AMM's Titan of Steel, were particularly touching. The contribution of Iverson is a prime example of steel industry heritage that we must work hard to preserve.....

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