Our History

August 28-30, 2017     SMU Steel Summit Conference Breaks Thru 600 attendees

Closing in on becoming largest steel conference in North America


January 2017               SMU Begins Indexing Plate

SMU adds plate index to our list of products covered


August 30-31, 2016    Steel Summit Conference hits 434 attendees!

Now the second largest steel conference in the United States.


September 2015         Steel Summit hits 300 attendees!

We break away from Metalcon and expand to a two-day conference in Atlanta


December 2014          Our First Custom Training Program

SMU conducts our first custom sales training program with Crompion


January 2014               Expanded training programs

Managing Price Risk and Steel 101 become popular steel training programs


September 2013         Looking Forward

New website installed along with a new look to the newsletter


June 2013                    Building Service!

Developed new products including monthly and premium newsletters to compliment the executive newsletter


January 2013               Building Value!

Expanded analysis and forecasting services


October 2012              Three's A Charm!

3rd Steel Summit Conference held in Chicago in front of 200 executives


September 2012         Evolution!

Began construction of website 3.0 and redesign of newsletter


March 2012                 Growing!

Purchased the assets of Steel Reality


October 2011              Steel Summit #2

2nd Steel Summit Conference held in Atlanta in front of 150 people


April 2011                   Steel 101

Started Steel 101 educational workshops    


December 2010          New Look!

Brought up our second website, and new look to the newsletter


December 2010          Scrap It!

Started ferrous scrap index: #1 HMS, shredded scrap and #1 busheling


October 2010              Viva Las Vegas!

First Steel Summit Conference held in Las Vegas in front of 100 people     


December 2009          Survey Says!

Initiated steel market surveys


January 2009               Indexing

Began indexing hot rolled, cold rolled, galvanized and Galvalume steels


October 2008              Steel Buyers Sentiment Index

Started Steel Buyers Sentiment Index & Price Momentum Indicator


August 2008                Steel Market Update, Inc. Begins

SMU was incorporated and began selling subscriptions to our newsletter


January 2004               Day 1…Salesman John Packard Begins Sending Email Update to Customers

Publication was meant to address fast-moving market and how customers could protect themselves