Steel 101: Not Just for the Uninitiated

Monday, October 09, 2017 5:39 PM Written by 

No one who has ever toured a steel mill will ever forget it. The sight of the molten metal, and the heat that hits you in the face even from a safe distance away, is both frightening and fascinating.

Forty mostly young executives experienced steelmaking firsthand as students in Steel Market Update’s latest Steel 101 workshop last week in Fort Wayne, Ind. I was one of them. I have visited many steel mills and service centers in my 20 years of reporting on the metals industry, but as a new staffer with SMU this was my first experience with Steel 101. It was a great way to refresh my knowledge of steelmaking and steel marketing and to add a deeper depth to my understanding of the global steel trade. Thanks to Steel Dynamics and Paragon Steel for being such congenial hosts and allowing the group to tour their Butler, Ind., flat roll mill and service center.


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Tim Triplett

Tim Triplett is the executive editor of Steel Market Update. Tim joined SMU after 20 years as editor-in-chief of Metal Center News Magazine. A journalist and business writer for 40 years, Tim holds an MBA from Aurora University. Tim can be reached at or by phone at 630-513-5916.

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