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Tampa Steel Conference Expecting 400+ Attendees

Written by John Packard

In two weeks, we will be in Tampa, Fla., to celebrate the 33rd edition of the Tampa Steel Conference. The long-range forecast is for sunny skies and 70-degree temperatures. We expect 400+ steel, manufacturing, mill, trading company, port, and logistics companies at this year’s conference. This will be the highest in-person attended Tampa Steel Conference since 2008.

Tampa.Steel.ConferenceWe are now at 350 executives registered and counting. The following companies registered over the past few days: A.R. Savage & Son, LLC, Alabama Port Authority, Associated Terminals, Chipobrok America, Inc., Cincinnati Bulk Terminals LLC/Port of Cincinnati LLC, Cooper Marine and Timberlands, Felux Inc.*, FTC Solar*, Geodis USA LLC, Global Stainless Steel Inc., Hatch Stamping, KGS Steel Inc., Logistec USA Inc.*, Manitowoc Cranes*, Marine Towing of Tampa, LLC, McNeilus Truck Manufacturing, Metal Edge Partners LLC*, Newgate Global Markets, Ohio Coatings Company, POSCO America*, Southern Cargo Handling, Superior Steel Supply*, Terminal Shipping Co. (those with an * means more than one person registered from that company). You can view the list of attending companies by clicking here.

Monday, Feb. 14, is a networking day for those arriving early. Registration will be open as of noon on Monday. On Monday afternoon we will have a tour of Port Tampa Bay at 3:30 p.m. (free, see registration desk for details). At 5:00 p.m. we will have a welcome cocktail reception in the Marriott Water Street Hotel.

Tuesday, Feb. 15, there will be a golf outing (fees required; long-range forecast is calling for sunny skies and 70 degrees). The golf outing runs from 8:00 a.m. and concludes after lunch at 1:00 p.m. There will also be a free tour of Port Tampa Bay at 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 15 – We have three special programs beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Marriott Water Street Hotel (located on second floor of the hotel):

  • Decarbonization Impact on Commodities & Flow of Materials
  • Transportation & Supply Chain Issues
  • Economic Outlook for the Steel Industry

At 5:00 p.m. there will be a special networking cocktail reception.

Wednesday, Feb. 16, our full program begins at 8:00 a.m.

  • Welcome Remarks from Port Tampa Bay, Mayor of Tampa, and Steel Market Update
  • The Changing Steel Landscape
  • Fireside Chat with Lourenco Goncalves, CEO, Cleveland-Cliffs
  • Crossfire Panel on Trade Issues
  • CRU View on Steel Outlook & Pricing Forecast
  • Steel Buyers Panel of OEMs and Service Centers
  • Steel Analyst & Steel Executive – What Will the New Normal Look Like for Steel?
  • Trading Panel – The Status of World and USA Trade

The program is scheduled to end at 3:30 p.m. ET.

You can view the full agenda, speakers, networking opportunities, costs to attend, and how to register by clicking here.

Separate from the conference, we are hosting our first in-person Introduction to Steel Hedging Workshop (formerly called Hedging 101) at the Marriott Water Street Hotel. The workshop will be conducted over two half days beginning on Monday afternoon and concluding on Tuesday morning. You can find more information about the in-person agenda, our chief instructor Spencer Johnson of StoneX, and how to register by clicking here.

Please note: The Marriott Water Street Hotel is completely sold out. There is an Embassy Suites across the street as well as the brand new, 5-star JW Marriott. The hotel is on the trolley line, so there are other options around town.

COVID protocols: SMU/CRU and the Port of Tampa are suggesting everyone attending be fully vaccinated and boosted. There will not be a mask mandate at this event. We are following the recommendations of the CDC, State of Florida, and the hotel facility. We will provide wrist bands, which you can use to designate how much interpersonal risk you are willing to take. We will also have masks available for those who wish to use them or may have left yours in your room.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Florida.

John Packard,


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