To recognize the most notable contributors to
the advancement of the global steel industry throughout the
years, AMM is establishing a Steel Hall of Fame.
Founded to help celebrate the 130th anniversary of
AMM, the Hall of Fame is intended to recognize the
careers of technologists and executive leaders, as well as
financiers, labor leaders and economists, whose work has
benefited the industry.
Over the coming years, numerous movers, shakers and
big-league contributors to the evolution and advancement of the
global steel industry will join AMMs Steel Hall
of Fame. But those elected as members of the inaugural class
will always occupy a special place in the Halls
After a lengthy nomination process and two elimination
rounds, the AMM Steel Hall of Fame voting committee
has selected a truly outstanding group of industry notables to
blaze the trail for those to come. The eight individuals
elected to the inaugural class represent five different
countries, are drawn from the ranks of inventors,
entrepreneurs, technologists and new-breed thinkers and
leaders, and between them have made immense contributions to
both the integrated and the electric furnace-based branches of
the global steel community.
Sadly, none of the inaugural inductees remains with
us.Park Tae-joon, the last remaining survivor,
passed away only days after the final Hall-of-Fame vote was
Two of the inductees were elected unanimously by the
eight-member voting committee. Andrew Carnegie, considered by many to be
the father of modern steelmaking, and F. Kenneth Ken Iverson, who
earned an iron-clad reputation for revolutionizing the
mini-mill sector, were waved non-stop into the Hall of Fame
with eight green flags.
The fact that the other six inducteesHenry Bessemer, Elbert H. Gary, Yoshihiro Inayama, Willy Korf, Charles M. Schwab and Parkfailed to
win unanimous support attests to the sheer quality and depth of
the field they were drawn from. In total, 24 individuals
garnered at least one vote for induction, and each promises to
be a strong candidate for induction in future
Its a stellar list of the exceptional and
the great throughout the modern history of steelmaking,
AMM senior vice president, publisher and
editor-in-chief David Brooks said. They range from key
technologists, pioneering entrepreneurs and great executive
leaders to the financiers who helped transform the
There will be a similar voting process for future
classes of the AMM Steel Hall of Fame, starting with
the Class of 2012, which will be selected later this year. The
Hall is housed at AMM.com. A roving exhibit at a
selection of AMM industry conferences also will depict
the work of these great pioneers.
The inaugural inductees to the AMM Steel Hall
of Fame were selected by eight judges:
Ian Christmas, former director-general of the
World Steel Association. An economist, he had industry
experience with British Steel Corp. and Foseco Plc before
joining WorldSteel in 1991 as deputy director.
Robert W. Crandall, a nonresident senior fellow
at the Brookings Institution, Washington. He has a long history
as an economist and academic, and has published significant
works on the steel industry, including The U.S. Steel
Industry in Recurrent Crisis and Up from the Ashes:
The Rise of the Steel Mini-Mill in the United
Jo Isenberg-OLoughlin, executive editor
of American Metal Market. She has been covering the
steel industry for more than 30 years and has served as editor
of AMM for the past 11 years, the most successful
decade in the publications long history.
Frank T. Koelble, who spent more than 40 years
at Fordham University, where he conducted extensive steel
industry research alongside Father William T. Hogan. He
authored the Hogan Steel Archive, which can be found HERE.
Mario Longhi, former president and chief
executive officer of Gerdau Long Steel North America. He joined
Gerdau as president of the groups North American
operations in 2005 after 23 years with Alcoa Inc.
Hans Mueller, a steel industry consultant and
academic. The principal of TN Consulting is a former professor
at Middle Tennessee State University. He has published numerous
articles in academic and technical journals, organized steel
conferences and testified before Congress on three
Robert P. Rogers, professor of economics at
Dauch College of Business and Economics at Ashland University
in Ohio. He has written extensively on the steel industry, and
in 2009 published a book entitled, An Economic History of
the American Steel Industry.
Clyde Selig, former chief executive officer of
CMC Steel Group, a division of Commercial Metals Co., Irving,
Texas. He was an active participant in the Steel Manufacturers
Association and various technical associations.