This is an exciting time at
AMM. Were just weeks away from announcing the
winners in the second Awards for Steel Excellence program.
With the day-to-day realities of
competition, regulation, amorphous markets and rising fuel and
raw material costs, it is sometimes easy to lose sight of the
achievements of individuals and enterprises that are carving
out the future of the industry.
Pressures are tremendous on
company leaders this year, this quarter, this month. But
without those who also manage to keep an eye on whats
coming down the road, the steel industry would not be able to
innovate, compete and thrive in an ever-changing and difficult
global environment. This is why we seek to recognize such
creative and visionary thinking and work in our annual Awards
for Steel Excellence.
As last year, we received many
outstanding nominations. This year, we will hand out awards in
the following categories:
Best Mergers &
Ambassador/Advocate of the Year
Logistics/Transportation Provider of the Year
Scrap Company of
Service Center of
Steel Producer of
A panel of independent industry
experts reviewed the large number of nominations before we
ended up with 35 finalists (including a handful added by our
editors) in the 12 categories (see page 24). The next
step is for a panel of five distinguished judges to choose the
winner in each category before we announce the final results
June 21 at a dinner during our Steel Success Strategies XXVI
Conference in New York.
Last years awards ceremony
was a smashing success. For the first time ever, awards were
given to recognize advancements rooted in pioneering and
implementing business improvements that delivered real change
to the steel industry. We gave awards to a total of nine
companies and two individuals.
AMM congratulates last
years winners and this years nominees. Reviewing
those two lists, several common traits among the winners and
nominees stand out:
They listen to
their customers. Whether it was to develop a new process,
expand or build a plant, send a new product to market or
improve service, these leaders were responsive to the needs of
existing or potential customers.
They know their
communities. Some communities are gung-ho for growth, while
others are more reticent because of environmental or local
economic concerns. But successful businesses take all of that
into account and try to accommodate those needs as much as
possibleafter all, theyre going to be in the
neighborhood for years or decades, and its not only good
citizenship but also good business practice.
They are decisive.
Sometimes making a move calls for an investment of money,
manpower or other resources. Sometimes it means taking a big
risk. Either way, the companies and people on our lists had the
vision to move forward when they believed they were doing the
right thing for the companys future.
They seek their
markets. To be able to successfully meet existing market demand
is its own skill. But to be able to detect where the market is
going or find an unexploited niche in existing circumstances is
an even more special skill. Many of our recipients and nominees
possess this trait.
investments: Whether in money, equipment, manpower or other
areas, leaders who succeed arent afraid to spend a little
to make a little. Without this, many tremendous ideas would be
left on the drafting table and the industry as a whole would
If you havent already made
plans to be at the Steel Success Strategies XXVI Conference
June 20-22, and the awards dinner June 21, there is still time
to do so.