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Ideas, drive, and 'doing the right thing each and every day'

Aug 03, 2017 | 08:00 PM | Bill Beck


An iron-clad commitment to customer service and steady investment and advances in support training, safety, operations, transportation, quality, and environmental performance have earned Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) and its OmniSource subsidiary AMM’s 2017 Steel Excellence Award for Scrap Company of the Year.

“We are thrilled to win AMM’s Scrap Company of the Year award. I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts of our team members,” Russell Rinn, executive vice president of Steel Dynamics, Inc. and president of OmniSource Corp., commented on the honor.

“I truly believe we have the best people in the scrap industry and this award is a well-deserved recognition for them.It’s through their hard work and innovative ideas that we continue to improve,” Rinn said. I personally want to thank each and every one of them for their continued efforts in safety, quality, innovation, and doing the right thing each and every day.”

Rinn went on to note that OmniSource “can buy the same type of equipment as other companies, but our employees are what truly makes the difference for us. Our continuous improvements in safety, anti-theft, customer service, and operations certainly set us apart and this award is recognition of their diligence.We have a phenomenal team with an entrepreneurial spirit that is second to none.”

Mark Millett, president and chief executive officer of Steel Dynamics, Inc., echoed Rinn’s sentiments. “We would like to thank our customers, suppliers, and shareholders for their continued support, and our employees for their drive, innovation, and determination” he said. “It is their dedication and passion that propels Steel Dynamics to perform at the highest level and consistently achieve excellence in all that we do. I thank each one, and remind them, that safety is always the top priority.”

Over the past year and more, Omniscource notched a number of achievements across its customer service, operations, safety and transportation fronts. In customer service and support training, the company provided customized customer service training to all of its retail employees. Its Core Safety Groups meet each month at different work locations to help promote employee engagement in safety.

On the operations side, OmniSource developed plant-specific shredder projectile-prevention, best practice programs. For each shredder location, the program specifies a “no go zone,” start-up checklist, machine guarding, as well as other areas being inspected for possible flying projectiles.

The company’s transportation operations started and continues to install Networkfleet (Verizon) wireless satellite tracking devices on all trailers and containers. The new system better utilizes assets, reducing the need for surplus equipment or the purchase of new assets. The Networkfleet also provides for speedier service to customers by reducing the “switching” time drivers need to locate the correct size and type of box in the lot. The tracking units also prevent the theft or loss of both material and equipment.

Another timesaver, the company’s Quality Management System has been fully hyperlinked. As a result, as long as the employee has the correct document, there is no need to waste time sorting through a long list of procedures.

OmniSource has established semi-annual “anti-scrap theft” training program for all employees for the retail and commercial purchasing of scrap. This program targets the identification of materials that are prohibited from purchase as well as spotting suspicious materials.

As part of the program, the company partners with law enforcement, power and light companies, telecommunication companies, rail roads, and the private and public sectors to educate its employees as well as the public. Training is conducted by law enforcement officers, who are certified in the subject matter. Each program is based on the state and local laws for the specific jurisdiction in which the scrap yard is located.

On the all-important safety front, Omnisource reported a more than 50-percent reduction in total recordable injuries reported (TRIR) between 2015 and 2016. The company noted that it achieved the lowest annual TRIR (1.51) in its’ history in 2016, down from 2.69 in 2015, while eight of of ten operating divisions outperformed OmniSource’s already low TRIR average in 2016.

The company was particularly proud of its environmental compliance improvement between 2015 and 2016. OmniSource continued development and implementation of facility-specific Environmental Management Systems (EMS) throughout the organization.

The comprehensive EMS identifies the various environmental programs each facility is subject to and procedures developed to ensure compliance in all areas. It includes sections on: air permitting, storm water permitting, inbound source control, PCB source recognition, waste disposal management, universal wastes, auto processing, spill protection and prevention, refrigerant recovery, asbestos awareness, hazardous chemical reporting, and annual environmental compliance training. OmniSource added numerous third-party, supplier, and regulatory inspections and audits were conducted at facilities throughout the year —all without any instances of significant environmental compliance violations.

“In an effort to drive continuous improvement, we have developed unique, internal environmental compliance tracking and metrics systems that are communicated throughout all levels of management and facility personnel,” the company said.


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