What does it take to get out in
front and hold the lead in the highly competitive world of
steel? What is it, exactly, that makes a steel organization or
executive excellent? American Metal Market addresses those
questions as we present the finalists for our fourth annual Awards for Steel
Finalists were drawn from the
largest, most competitive pool of applicants ever nominated. A
panel of independent industry experts nominated 33 companies
and three executives in 13 categories. (Note: Finalists marked
Editors Choice were added by AMM staff.) A prestigious
panel of judges will choose the winner in each category before
we announce the final results June 18 at the annual awards
dinner at the Edison Ballroom in New York during the Steel
Success Strategies XXVIII Conference.
BEST INNOVATION: PROCESS
CermaClad corrosion- and wear-resistant alloy clad
pipe is faster and cheaper than current technologies and
provides better corrosion and wear protection.
Scan Systems Corp.
Enhanced inspection equipment is able to better detect
outside-diameter and inside-diameter flaws for oil country
SMS Siemag AG
A new electric-arc furnace (EF) with an
energy-recovery system that can be operated continuously for a
long period increases yield and reliability.
The Material Works Ltd.
The Eco Pickled Surface process replaces the
environmentally hazardous process of acid pickling with a
lower-cost, efficient, environmentally friendly method.
BEST INNOVATION: PRODUCT
ArcelorMittal USA LLC
Its Richfield, Ohio-based facility developed advanced
high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel for the auto
By converting long-haul trucking loads to intermodal
transit, much-needed flatbed capacity has been added for pipe,
coil and finished products.
Recla Metals LLLP
New architectural applications re-create textures that
capture an architectural look for barns, homes, etc. as they
may have appeared 75 years ago.
An enhanced stainless steel product developed through
the coil-coating process offers high resistance to traditional
cleaning products, preventing the accelerated aging.
BEST MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
AK Steel Corp.
Continued strategic investments in Magnetation LLC and
AK Coal Resources Inc. should provide the company with about 50
percent of its annual iron ore and metallurgical coal
requirements by the year 2015.
Schnitzer Steel industries
The acquisition of eight new auto parts facilities and
the development of two greenfield facilities will increase the
companys auto parts stores by 20 percent.
Scrap Metal Services
The acquisition of ship recycling company All Star
Metals LLC and All Star Shredding LLC enhances the products
offered to ferrous consumers as well as creating business
growth in the Southwest.
BEST OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS
Improved system reliability and process quality
started with the replacement of the complete main drives and
automation system on its high-production stand reversing cold
Evraz Inc. North America
A series of investments have increased quality and
expand manufacturing capacity at its rail, seamless pipe, and
rod and bar mill in Pueblo, Colo.
BEST BROWNFIELD/GREENFIELD TECHNOLOGY PROJECT
A two-stand reversing mill at Terre Haute, Ind.
received a complete overhaul in order to improve system
reliability and process quality.
OMK Tube Inc.
The acquisition of an oil country tubular goods (OCTG)
processing facility in Houston expanded its presence in the
Steel Dynamics Inc.
A new automation system for a two-stand reversing mill
at its Butler, Ind.-based facility was installed to replace
obsolete computers, controllers and software.
Recla Metals LLLP
A 50-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array was installed
to produce enough electricity to run the office, metals shop
and plasma shed, reducing carbon footprints.
Sims Metal Management
A complex, interwoven system measures and manages
numerous activities that, taken together, integrate
environmental improvements in every facet of operations.
INDUSTRY AMBASSADOR/ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
Thomas A. Danjczek
The Steel Manufacturers Association has been a strong and
effective voice in Washington and around the country for member
companies as well as the entire domestic steel industry.
A tireless advocate for the current and future use of
steel in the ever-changing automotive sector has been behind
efforts to advocate the use of high-strength steel in the race
toward lightweighting of vehicles.
TUBE & PIPE PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Independence Tube Corp.
The recovery from a tornado struck the companys
Decatur, Ala., facility in April 2011 was nothing short of
Maruichi Leavitt Pipe &
A series of upgrades and improvements which sped up
production cycles and replaced output from two older mills
helped business increase by approximately 20 percent last
LOGISTICS/TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Boyd Brothers Transportation Inc.
The development of an intermodal flatbed product with
Calgary, Alberta-based Raildecks Inc. and Fort Worth,
Texas-based BNSF Railway Co. helped to meet the shipping needs
of the metals sector.
A specially designed pallet for use in a standard shipping
container has helped move large and heavy coils safely,
reliably, efficiently and damage-free.
Cost-effective new developments have handled
supply-chain operations, including warehousing and
transportation services, repackaging, assembly and return
logistics, freight transportation, warehousing, distribution,
and order fulfillment.
The new Thoroughbred Operating Plan uses streamlined
scheduling for a more fluid and efficient rail network,
including greater asset utilization, decreased length of haul
and increased network velocity.
SCRAP COMPANY OF THE YEAR
A number of physical improvements, including better
signage, newly paved roads, brighter lighting and indoor pay
windows, have helped efficiency and speed.
Sadoff Iron & Metal Co.
Investing substantially in facilities, people and
customer service experiences has helped produce more efficient
processes, better-trained employees and customer
SA Recycling LLC
The joint venture between Sims Metal Management Ltd.
and Adams Steel LLC continues to grow through acquisition and
greenfield operations, with about 55 locations today, including
six shredders and two deep-sea bulk-loading ports.
Schnitzer Steel Industries
Business segments have remained profitable in tough
times, reflecting the strength and resiliency of the business
model as well as strong customer relationships and a reputation
for quality and service.
Upstate Shredding LLC-Ben
Weitsman & Son Inc.
The largest privately held scrap processor on the East
Coast has strong roots in the community, an aggressive,
debt-free growth campaign, and a commitment to achieving the
highest possible standards in scrap processing and sales.
SERVICE CENTER OF THE YEAR
Berlin Metals LLC
Customized service options that include inventory
levels, mill sourcing, information technology, packaging,
invoicing and lead times are tested by annual, formal customer
Jemison Demsey Metals
A Four Cornerstones supply chain
optimization, model and contract review process and a Alliance
Partner cost-reduction project help make daily progress towards
Midwest Materials Inc.
Rebranding efforts and significant other improvements
have allowing the company to continue its exemplary customer
service, gain market share and compete successfully against
mega-service centers that dominate the market.
Mill Steel Co.
A strong customer service team and a real-time,
homegrown operating system based on automating the steel
allocation process helped lead to the most successful year in
ONeal Steel Inc.
The use of technology and employee training help
continuous measurement of on-time delivery and quality rates
ensure customer expectations are met.
Steel Supply Co.
Technological innovations such as modification to an
ERP system as well as on-time delivery efforts helped adapt to
the ever-changing needs of customers.
FERROUS EXPORTER OF THE YEAR
Metro Metals Northwest Inc.
The Portland, Ore.-based company has established new
markets in Asia for both its ferrous and nonferrous product
lines. On the supply side, Metro has expanded its trucking
fleet to handle additional industrial scrap throughout the
SA Recycling LLC
Orange, Calif.-based SA Recycling LLC used extensive
negotiations and planning with producers, logistics companies
and consumers in order to design and construct southern
Californias only viable port facility to handle bulk iron
Services LLC (Editors Choice)
Burnham, Ill.-based Scrap Metal Services LLC is a supplier of
ferrous and nonferrous scrap commodities to domestic and
international consumers. Last August, SMS acquired ship
recycling company All Star Metals LLC and All Star Shredding
LLC, both of Brownsville, Texas.
STEEL PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
AK Steel Corp.
Heavy investment in safety as well as technology and
training Ð from digital monitoring and analysis technology
to the highly skilled metallurgists, engineers and customer
service professionals ÐÊhelped ensure that products
consistently meet or exceed customer expectations.
Recent capital investments geared toward expanding product mix
for customers and continually improving quality have allowed
the sales team to offer all the range of products to