This year, AMM presented 13 awards recognizing accomplishments rooted in technology, customer service, production, logistics and other practices as part of our fourth annual Awards for Steel Excellence.
The awards were given to those whose efforts set them apart from their peers. A panel of distinguished judges providing an impartial, professional and wide-ranging level of expertise evaluated nominations using a point-based qualitative approach to determine the overall winners among mills, distributors and other service providers with operations in North America.
Twelve companies and one individual were recognized at an awards dinner in June during the Steel Success Strategies XXVIII conference in New York for advancements rooted in pioneering and implementing business improvements that have delivered real change to the steel industry.
AMM congratulates the winners, profiled in the following pages, and salutes the best-in-class initiatives. As in previous years, we received dozens of outstanding nominations in the following categories:
>> Best Innovation: Process - MetsoCoat
MesoCoat Inc., an emerging leader in the material sciences and surface engineering industries, has won AMMs award for Best Process Innovation for its creation of CermaClad corrosion- and wear-resistant alloy clad pipe for energy producers. More >>
>> Best Innovation: Product - ArcelorMittal USA
Amid stories of decline in major steel and automobile centers in North America, it is refreshing to hear of innovation in both industries coming out of such storied locations as East Chicago, Ind., and Hamilton, Ontario. More >>
>> Best Mergers & Acquisitions - AK Steel
Several strategic investments to give AK Steel Corp. greater control over its raw material costs--including the formation of its Magnetation LLC iron ore pellet joint venture and its AK Coal Resources Inc. metallurgical coal subsidiary--has earned the West Chester, Ohio-based steelmaker the AMM Award for Steel Excellence for Best Mergers & Acquisitions. More >>
>> Best Operational Improvements - Evraz North America
With the midyear completion of an ambitious project to expand its feedstock operation from scrap to melt shop, Chicago-based Evraz Inc. North America put a bow on upgrades across its manufacturing base that earned the company the AMM award for Best Operational Improvements. More >>
>> Environmental Responsibility/Stewardship - Sims Metal Management
Today it is common for companies to be vocal about their commitment to sustainability and publicly disclose the progress they have made toward being better stewards of the environment. This was not so true in 2005-06, when Sims Metal Management Ltd. made its first public disclosure on sustainability. More >>
>> Best Brownfield/Greenfield Technology Project - OMK Tube
The OMK Tube Inc. unit of Moscow-based United Metallurgical Co. (OMK) designed its new $120-million-plus electric-resistance welded (ERW) oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and line pipe mill in Houston to offer optimal efficiency, product flow, safety and operator interface. More >>
>> Industry Ambassador/Advocate of the Year - Thomas A. Danjczek
Most of Washington starts work at 9 a.m., but Thomas A. Danjczek gets to his office before 7 a.m. every day. Ive never been able to shake the mill mentality, he said. When Danjczek arrived in Washington 15 years ago to become president of the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), he had 30 years experience working in steel mills. He often called upon those decades of experience during his tenure at the trade group, he said. More >>
>> Logistics/Transportation Provider of the Year - Norfolk Southern
Norfolk Southern Corp.s focus on technological improvements that have made its rail network one of the most sophisticated in North America, as well as its commitment to growing its fleet of coil cars to serve metal consumers in the eastern half of the United States, has earned it AMMs award as Logistics/Transportation Provider of the Year. More >>
>> Scrap Company of the Year - Schnitzer Steel Industries
Since assuming the helm at Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. nearly five years ago, economic conditions have reinforced president and chief executive officer Tamara Lundgrens predilection to focus less on macroeconomic forces that determine industry demand and more on what she can effect: securing raw material and turning it into high-quality scrap as efficiently as possible. More >>
>> Ferrous Scrap Exporter of the Year - Scrap Metal Services
Coastal U.S. scrap metal processors have long been far better positioned to capitalize on export markets than their inland competitors. For one thing, bulk shipping is considerably cheaper than the containerized transport needed to move material from the heartland. But that did not hold back largely landlocked Burnham, Ill.-based Scrap Metal Services LLC (SMS) from punching a new export avenue through the southern U.S. to Mexico and beyond. More >>
>> Service Center of the Year - O'Neal Steel
For ONeal Steel Inc., the largest family owned service center in the United States, the AMM Service Center of the Year award is a vindication of its efforts to update the organizations structure, especially its recent separation of the two wings of its company.
>> Tube & Pipe Producer of the Year - Independence Tube
Independence Tube Corp.s resurrection from a devastating tornado that struck the Chicago companys Decatur, Ala., mill in April 2011 has earned it AMMs Tube and Pipe Producer of the Year award. More >>
>> Steel Producer of the Year - Nucor
A monster tornado that devastated Alabama in April 2011 left Nucor Corp.s operations in Decatur without power, though largely undamaged. The companys response, both in the community and among its own production network, was an important factor in Nucor being named AMMs Steelmaker of the Year. More >>