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AMM Hall of Fame: The 2014 honor roll


he AMM Steel Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its Class of 2014: four distinguished individuals who pioneered, developed or furthered the practices, strategies and interests of the steel industry.

Paul W. Dillon, Gerald Heffernan, John H. McConnell and Agostino Rocca were chosen after a lengthy nomination process and review by the AMM Steel Hall of Fame voting committee. We believe they are a truly outstanding group of industry notables to add to the roster.

On the following pages we profile the four newest members, joining those previously inducted—Sir Henry Bessemer, Keith Busse, Andrew Carnegie, Cecilia Danieli, Luigi Danieli, Judge Elbert H. Gary, Thomas C. Graham, Father William T. Hogan, Yoshihiro Inyama, F. Kenneth “Ken” Iverson, Willy Korf, Park Tae-joon, Irving Rossi, Charles M. Schwab, Tadeusz Sendzimir and John B. Tytus—to boost the ranks of the Hall of Fame to 20.

To be eligible for entry, a candidate must be retired from full-time active participation in the industry. AMM is proud to recognize the great achievers of the steel industry and celebrate their work at Over time, we expect to find a physical hall to host a permanent exhibit, but in the meantime a roving exhibit at a selection of AMM industry conferences will periodically depict the work of these great pioneers.

The 2014 inductees to the AMM Steel Hall of Fame were selected by 10 judges:

• Keith Busse, who helped build Nucor Corp. into a giant of the steel industry before becoming co-founder, executive chairman, president and chief executive officer of Steel Dynamics Inc. He was inducted into the AMM Steel Hall of Fame in 2013 after retiring from SDI the previous year.

• 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.

• Tom Danjczek, former president of the Steel Manufacturers Association, where he served for more than 15 years before retiring last year. He previously had 30 years’ experience in the steel industry both on the mill floor and in management. 

• Herbert P. Fastert, managing partner of Advance-TEK LLC and vice president, technology, of Eco Steel Recycling LLC. One of his generation’s leading steel technologists, he is a former chief executive officer of SMS Demag AG and played a leading role in pioneering the continuous casting of steel.

• Thomas C. Graham, a founding member of T.C. Graham Associates. He is a former chairman and chief executive officer of AK Steel Corp., president and chief executive officer of Armco Steel Co. LP, chairman and chief executive officer of Washington Steel Co., president of the U.S. Steel Group of USX Corp. and president and chief executive officer of Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. He was inducted into the AMM Steel Hall of Fame in 2012.

• Jo Isenberg-O’Loughlin, 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 publication’s 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 at

• 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 three times.

• Robert P. Rogers, professor of economics at Dauch College of Business and Economics at Ashland University in Ohio, who 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.

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