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 Excellence.
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 tubular goods.
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 industry.
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 Inc.
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 LLC
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 mill.
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 U.S. market.
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 Ltd.
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 remarkable.
Maruichi Leavitt Pipe & Tube LLC
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 year.
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.
Norfolk Southern Corp.
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 satisfaction.
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 Inc.
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 satisfaction surveys.
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 company goals.
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 company history.
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 Pacific Northwest.
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 ore exports.
Scrap Metal 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 customers.