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2017 SMU Steel Summit Conference in Pictures

Monday, 11 September 2017 10:00

A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say. In that case, here are a number of photos from our 2017 SMU Steel Summit Conference, which will help those who were unable to attend get a feel for what happened, how many people attended (661 registrations from 309 companies) and the networking that went on during the event. We hope you will join us next year for our 8th SMU Steel Summit Conference, which will be held in Atlanta at the Georgia International Convention Center over three days during the week of Aug. 27, 2018. Mark your calendars now and remember to include it in your budget for 2018.



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Millennials are the steel industry's future and are anxious to solve problems and get results. Attendees who remained for the final presentation at the SMU Steel Summit heard an eye-opening discussion on just what the millennial generation is seeking and how the steel industry can recruit and retain talent from this important demographic.

Three young professionals from Pacesetter, Cargill, and Hubbell, Inc., offered their insights on millennial behavior, goals, and recruitment.



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One of the reasons why the SMU Steel Summit Conference is successful and growing at a time when most conferences are not is due to the options we are given through the support of our sponsors and exhibitors. The cost to put on a three-day conference is truly staggering. Nonetheless, one of our goals has always been to provide a top-notch conference at an affordable price for those wishing to attend. We may well be the best attended steel conference in North America this year and, if so, it will be at the lowest ticket price of any of the major conferences. Our sponsors allow us the flexibility to control our ticket prices.



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Steel Market Update Events App

Sunday, 27 August 2017 11:20

The 2017 SMU Steel Summit Conference Events App is now available for all attendees, sponsors and exhibitors to download and use. The App is where you find all the most up-to-date information about the conference, what you work from to network with other attendees, and what you will use to get the speaker presentations after the conference is over. To get the most out of the SMU Steel Summit Conference experience, you will want to download and use the SMU Events App.

Welcome to the mobile era. When you attend Steel Market Update events, you can be armed with a tablet or smartphone and have a much better, and more productive, conference experience. Everything is at your fingertips: a detailed conference agenda, list of speakers with biographical information, a complete list of the attendees, sponsors and exhibitors, and more. You can take notes as you go and, importantly, you can connect, engage and follow up with other attendees in ways you have not been able to do in the past. You can search through the attendee list and find those you would like to contact, send an email to meet later or forward company information with ease. And, with the Steel Market Update App, social media is integrated, as well. You can tweet or post to Facebook or LinkedIn during the event without leaving the App, interacting with others quickly and efficiently.

We continue to develop new and better ways to simplify and enhance your conference experience.

Each year, more and more of our attendees use the SMU App. At the 2016 SMU Steel Summit Conference, 80 percent of the attendees downloaded the App. Last year, the most popular features were the ability to access others attending the conference and viewing the agenda. We also found more people accessing the speaker presentations through the App. During the conference, we used the polling feature for the first time. That’s when we discovered twice as many of our attendees supported Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton. Our attendees got some early insight on who would be the next president months before the election.



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There are 307 companies registered to attend this year's SMU Steel Summit Conference which begins next Monday. The conference is SOLD OUT and we apologize to the procrastinators out there as we can no longer accept any new registrations. The companies registered are listed below. Those with a (*) next to the company name means more than one person is registered to attend from that company.

The 2018 SMU Steel Summit Conference will be held on August 27-29th. Mark your calendars now.



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SMU Steel Summit Attendees,

Thank you again for registering for the 7th SMU Steel Summit Conference, which is now less than a week away.

Here are some suggestions so that you may maximize your conference experience:



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SMU Steel Summit Conference is Sold Out

Sunday, 20 August 2017 18:38

For the first time since Steel Market Update began hosting the SMU Steel Summit Conferences, we have officially sold out the August 28-30, 2017 Conference.

This year’s conference, which is our 7th, will be the best attended as we host more than 600 manufacturing, steel service centers, steel mills, trading companies and toll processors, as well as executives from companies associated with those industries.

The conference has an international flair this year with companies attending from England, Poland, Ecuador, Mexico, Egypt, Turkey, Japan, Canada and the United States.



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SMU Steel Summit Conference is Sold Out

Friday, 18 August 2017 10:34

For the first time since Steel Market Update began hosting the SMU Steel Summit Conferences, we have officially sold out the August 28-30, 2017 Conference.

This year’s conference, which is our 7th, will be the best attended as we host more than 600 manufacturing, steel service centers, steel mills, trading companies and toll processors as well as executives from companies associated with those industries.

The conference has an international flair this year with companies attending from England, Poland, Ecuador, Mexico, Egypt, Turkey, Japan, Canada and the United States.

The response to this year’s SMU Steel Summit Conference has been overwhelming. So much so that we will close registrations as of the end of business on Friday, Aug. 18. As of Thursday morning, we had less than 10 seats remaining to be sold before we reached a standing room only situation.

The conference will be officially sold out for the first time in our seven-year history.

The response to this year’s SMU Steel Summit Conference has been overwhelming. So much so that we will close registrations as of the end of business on Friday, Aug. 18. As of Thursday afternoon, we had less than 5 seats remaining to be sold before we reached a standing room only situation.

The conference will be officially sold out for the first time in our seven-year history.



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