Sometimes, the greatest heat in steelmaking doesnt
come from the plant floor. Pressures to perform in competition
with other companies and for the corporate bottom line can
raise the temperatures in which executives must work every
Company leaders have to worry about 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.
This month we highlight one such commemoration: Starting on
page 24, we profile the inaugural class of eight inductees into
the AMM Steel Hall of Fame.
With the day-to-day realities of competition, regulation,
challenging markets and rising fuel and raw material costs, it
is sometimes easy to lose sight of the achievements of
individuals and enterprises who pioneered the trail that led to
todays steel industry as well as of those who are carving
out the future of the business.
The Steel Hall of Fame is being established to recognize the
most notable contributors to the advancement of the global
steel industry throughout the years and also serves to mark
AMMs 130th anniversary. The inaugural class for
the Hall of Fame are Andrew Carnegie and F. Kenneth
Ken Iversonwho both received a unanimous vote
from the selection committeealong with Henry Bessemer,
Elbert H. Gary, Yoshihiro Inayama, Willy Korf, Park Tae-joon
and Charles M. Schwab.
The next round of balloting will take place later this year,
when the voting committee selects the Class of 2012. For now,
however, the eight inaugural members of the AMM Steel
Hall of Fame stand tall . . . and alone.
In the realm of contemporary contributions, a panel of
industry experts selected a total of 22 nominees in 10
different categories for the inaugural AMM Awards for
Steel Tube and Pipe Excellence. Profiles of the winners will
appear in the April issue, so be sure to watch for coverage of
what we hope is a justly celebrated competition.