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SMU Steel Summit Conference Update

Written by John Packard

Steel Market Update’s 8th Steel Summit Conference will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center on Monday, Aug. 27, through Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. We’ve been watching the markets very carefully as we put together our final agenda and have worked hard to select the best speakers possible. On Friday, we added AK Steel President & Chief Operating Officer Kirk Reich to a very strong list of speakers for this year’s conference.

Other confirmed speakers/panelists include:

• Nucor Chairman, President & CEO John Ferriola

• Kloeckner & Co SE Chairman of the Management Board & CEO Gisbert Ruhl

• CEO Stephen Pratt

• Split Rock International Managing Director (and former Under Secretary of Commerce) Grant Aldonas

• CRU Research Manager – Semi & Finished Steels – Chris Houlden

• Steel Research Associates Managing Director Paul Lowrey

• MetalMiner Co-Founder and Executive Editor Lisa Reisman

• Metalico Executive Vice President Peter Meyers

• Bank of America Merrill Lynch Research & Mining Analyst Timna Tanners

• IHS Markit Senior Principal Economist John Anton

• ITR Economics President and Principal Dr. Alan Beaulieu

We have more speakers and surprises to announce in the coming days as we begin to put the final touches on this year’s program. Please plan on arriving early and staying late as our conference program will be strong from start to finish.

If you have been to a Steel Summit Conference in the past, you know that this is the ONE conference where decisionmakers go to meet with suppliers and customers. The networking is outstanding whether you are a manufacturing company, fabricator, steel service center or wholesaler, steel mill or trading company, toll processor or a supplier to those industries.

Here are some of the companies that have already registered to attend. Where you see an (*) that company is sending two or more people to the conference:

Pacesetter*, Red Bud Industries, Georgia Ports Authority*, Heidtman*, Steel Dynamics*, Ternium*, Bank of America*, Algoma, Arrow-Tru Line*, Owen Industries, Evapco*, Koike Aronson*, Lafayette Steel & Aluminum*, Ohio Steel Sheet & Plate, Coilplus*, AKZO Nobel*, BMO Harris Bank, Georg, Magic Coil Products*, Conklin Metal Industries*, Sheffield Steel*, Greif, Kirchoff Automotive*, Ratner Steel*, State Steel Supply*, McNeilus Steel*, Bailey Metal Products Ltd, Brown Brothers Harriman, Steel Technologies*, Nucor*, Bradford Research, The Bradbury Group*, Samuel Son & Co, Ltd, Ram Steel Framing, Mazzaferro Research, LLC, ArcelorMittal Dofasco*, Heating & Cooling Products*, Expanded Technologies*, Morrison Products, Central Steel & Wire*, Johnson Controls*, Rheem Manufacturing*, Magic Steel*, Borusan Mannesmann Pipe, Feralloy Corporation*, Midwest Pipe & Steel*, Maruichi Leavitt Pipe & Tube*, Emerson Electric Co.*, Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel*, Wolverine Advanced Materials*, Crowe Horwath*, CRU Group*, Metalico and many more. We anticipate 800 executives at this year’s conference.

We want to welcome Union Partners and Ratner Steel to our list of sponsors, which now includes: Pacesetter, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Crowe Horwath, Big River Steel, Steel Dynamics, Heidtman Steel, Nucor, Modern Metals, Magic Coil Products, Mill Steel, MidWest Materials, All Metals, Red Bud Industries and Alliance Steel. We now have only one (1) break sponsorship spot left. We also have approximately six exhibition spots left. For more details, please contact Jill Waldman at

If your company name is not yet registered, you can do so by going to or by contacting our office at 772-932-7538. If you would like more information that is not available on our website, please contact us at

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