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SMU Virtual Steel Summit Conference 2020

Written by John Packard

The 2020 SMU Steel Summit Conference will be a virtual conference this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage companies to learn more about how we intend to present valuable information on a wide range of topics of imporance to the greater steel community. We will discuss and forecast steel prices, the economy and commodity prices. The conference will focus on the new capacity being built and we will have differing opinions presented regarding Steelmageddon or a possible steel shortage heading our way. For the first time we will have a one-on-one discussion with David Burritt, President & CEO of U.S. Steel as well as Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman and CEO of Cleveland-Cliffs/AK Steel. Our program will include honoring young people in the industry with our SMU NexGen Leadership Award sponsored by the Steel Manufacturers Association. We will hear from steel buyers and analysts regarding what direction key industries are heading in 2021. This is only a fraction of what will be discussed at this year’s event.

As with every SMU event, networking will be a key component and we are working hard to insure interaction between attendees.

I have been spending a large portion of my time communicating with sponsors and exhibitors for this year’s conference – which will now be a virtual conference only. It is disappointing that we are not able to do a live conference, but we think we are going to provide a solid alternative that will feed your need to interact with multiple companies who buy and sell or participate in the flat rolled and plate steel markets. So far, all of our sponsors and exhibitors have stayed with us (exceptions were WiFi and charging stations, which are both not viable when doing a virtual conference). Thank you to all of our sponsors and exhibitors for your support.

2020 SMU Virtual Steel Summit Sponsors 6.4.2020

As I was speaking to one of our exhibitors this morning, he told me that our conference is “all about community” and his company wants to be part of the SMU community. The community does not go away just because we are meeting on a virtual platform.

We are getting support from many companies, both those who had already registered as well as new companies who are registering for the SMU Virtual Steel Summit Conference. Some of the companies who are committed to attend include: Ternium, Nucor, Ryerson, Superior Steel Supply, SSAB, Quality Edge, Inc., Magic Coil Products, Mobius, Red Bud Industries, Felux, Beaver Steel Services, Inc., Berg Pipe, Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel, Cleveland Steel Container, Heating & Cooling Products, Imperial Manufacturing Group, Klauer Manufacturing Company, Leeco Steel LLC, Lozier Corporation, Midwest Pipe & Steel, Inc., Mitsui Steel Inc., Morrison Products, New Process Steel, North Shore Steel, Northview Advisors, Priefert Manufacturing, Steel & Pipe Supply, Steel Technologies…and many more.

You can join these companies and hundreds more by clicking here to register.

For those of you who are over 50 and do not quite get the whole virtual thing…. Go look at what your kids are doing on a daily basis. We already live in a virtual world. You will be able to network, meet new people, chat and have video chats, ask questions of speakers, exhibitors and of each other – all through the SMU Virtual Steel Summit Conference platform. What you will experience will be new, fun, entertaining and of value. Since the ticket to admission is so reasonable, you may want to include the boss, and maybe some of the support staff that normally do not get to attend conferences…. Just a thought. To learn more and to register click here.

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

John Packard, President & CEO

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