Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

We began sending out our sponsorship package to last year’s sponsors and will send it out to previous years sponsors as well as those who have expressed an interest in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor. We have a limited number of sponsors and already have commitments from Pacesetter, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Magic Coil Products, MidWest Materials and Flack Global Metals. If you would like to receive a sponsorship or exhibitor brochure please contact Jill Waldman at or or myself at

There will be some changes to our 2018 SMU Steel Summit Conference as we have outgrown the space we have been using over the past four years. Don’t worry, we are not moving away from the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) we are just expanding our footprint so that we can continue to grow and at the same time provide an excellent program in a comfortable space. We are anticipating 750+ steel and manufacturing executives at the 2018 event. Please take some time to put us in your budget and block the dates: August 27, 28 and 29, 2018.

We have added a new person – Jill Waldman – to work on our 2018 conference. I thought I would take a moment to introduce the Steel Market Update team for those of you who aren’t aware of our moving parts. Besides myself we have on our staff or associated with our company:

Tim Triplett – Executive Editor –

Brett Linton – Steel Industry Analyst & my right hand man –

Sandy Williams – Writer & Editor –

Peter Wright – Analyst, Writer & Steel 101 Instructor –

Diana Packard – CFO –

Alison LaLonde – Account Receivables –

Ray Culley – Steel Summit Coordinator –

Jill Waldman – Events Manager –

John Eckstein – Steel 101 Instructor –

Steve Painter – Steel 101 Instructor –

Mario Briccetti – Steel 101 Instructor/Custom Sales Instructor –

Ronald “Steve” Murphy – Steel 101 Instructor –

We also have two regular contributing writers on the HRC futures markets: Jack Marshall of Crunch Risk and David Feldstein of Flack Global Metals.

We anticipate growing our events offerings as we move into 2018 and expect to add more instructors once those programs have been finalized.

For those of you attending FABTECH next week in Chicago – John Eckstein and I will be doing an abbreviated version of our Steel 101 workshop. The workshop is called: Steel 101: Mill to Fabricator and it is free to FABTECH attendees. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 7 in Room 502B from 1:30 until 3:30 PM. Please come join us if you would like to learn a little about the steel making process and I will briefly speak about what is happening in the industry that could affect pricing or supply. See you in Chicago.

As always, your business is truly appreciated by all of us here at Steel Market Update.

John Packard, Publisher


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