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SMU Updates Events Schedule for 2020

Written by John Packard

SMU Events is pleased to update the status of our popular Steel 101: Introduction to Steel Making & Market Fundamentals Workshops as well as more information on the 2020 SMU Steel Summit Conference.

Steel 101For those interested in attending one of our Steel 101 workshops. Our California workshop is now 90 percent full. We have approximately 5-7 seats left. The dates on this workshop are Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. I will be at this workshop as we work with our attendees to better understand how steel is made by both the EAF and integrated mills. How plate, flat rolled and long products are rolled. How various qualities of steel are made, how steel is bought and sold and how various influences affect the markets. You can learn more about the workshop, costs and how to register at or you are welcome to contact me with any questions that you might have:

The next Steel 101 workshop after California will be held in the Portage, Ind., area in early April and will feature a tour of the NLMK USA Portage EAF mill. I expect details to be released on this workshop sometime next week.

For those of you who have not put our 2020 SMU Steel Summit Conference on your calendars, the dates are Aug. 24-26, 2020. The site continues to be the Georgia International Convention Center ( right next to the Atlanta airport. The pricing for the 2020 event will be the same as 2019 even though we are adding a Monday lunch to the agenda, and we have expanded the pre-conference program on Monday morning to contain two programs. The conference will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday afternoon, first networking/cocktail party begins at 4 p.m. on Monday. Conference will end with a bang around 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. For those of you who have not attended an SMU Steel Summit Conference, we will have a big-name speaker after lunch on Wednesday. With 2020 being an election year, you will want to stay for the full program….

I aSteel Summitm very much involved in selecting speakers for what will be a tremendous program for 2020. We will focus on forecasting market segments, looking at raw materials, have one-on-one interviews with key people in the industry, Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics will be a keynote speaker once again and we will have some surprises in store for the 2020 attendees.

Also, for those of you who buy aluminum, CRU will conduct an Aluminum Summit on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday (Aug. 26 & 27) at the Marriott Gateway Hotel next to the GICC.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2020 conference, please contact Jill Waldman at or you can contact me. We have limited sponsor spots left, and we have already filled half of the exhibition space (which is twice as large as the 2019 conference).

Paige Mayhair is available to anyone who needs to renew their membership, or to those who would like to upgrade or begin a new subscription to Steel Market Update. You can reach Paige at 724-720-1012 or by email at

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

John Packard, President & CEO

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