Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

I am back in my office for a few weeks after having just gone to the Pittsburgh offices of CRU. I continue to be amazed at the strength of the people CRU has hired both in the United States and elsewhere around the world. They are very supportive of the Steel Market Update business, and we are working diligently on a number of projects that will benefit our members and those attending our conferences and workshops in the future. Stay tuned.

Since I have been traveling, I don’t have a lot of words of wit and wisdom this evening. Flat rolled pricing continues to be in a state of flux and we are not sure when and where the bottom of the market will be. I will be digging into this subject more in the days ahead.

We are booking new registrations for our January 2019 Steel 101: Introduction to Steel Making & Market Fundamentals workshop. We have already trained over 600 individuals within the steel and manufacturing industries about the steelmaking process and how the steel markets work. You can learn more by going to our website: or you are welcome to give me a call at 800-432-3475.

I want to take a moment to mention that SMU also does custom workshops on a variety of topics. We have done sales training, customer service training, a mini-version of our Steel 101 program, and we would consider any program that fits within our abilities to get the best instructors. If you have an interest, you can reach out to me and let me know what you would like for your people to learn (or better appreciate) and we will put together a proposal for you to consider. If you have an interest, you can contact me by phone or by email:

At this moment there is a large contingent of individuals on a free trial of our newsletter and website. I hope you take the time to review the website, ask questions of us and think about what we cover on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. We will be offering a webinar the week after Thanksgiving for those interested in our newsletter services. In the webinar, you will get to listen to me “live” as I discuss a little of the history of Steel Market Update and how our value proposition is much different than other periodicals you may have seen in the market. Look for your invitation to the webinar in the coming days.

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

John Packard, President & CEO

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