SMA recognizes innovation, sustainability and safety efforts


SBB 16 May The Steel Manufacturers Association recognized a number of companies and individuals Tuesday at its annual members conference in Washington, DC, highlighting achievements in US minimill steelmaking innovations, safety, environmental stewardship and community involvement.

SMA chairman and Nucor president John Ferriola presented the 2012 SMA Achievement in Innovation award to CMC Steel Arizona for CMC’s partnership with Danieli Corp to build the first continuous cast/roll/cut-to-length micro mill, which enables cost-effective steel production at smaller steelmaking facilities.

The Don Daily SMA Achievement in Safety award was given to CMC Steel South Carolina and SSAB Alabama for what the SMA called their “leading role in promoting safety improvements in the EAF steel industry.”

SSAB Alabama and Keystone Steel & Wire received the 2012 SMA Achievement in Environmental Stewardship and Recycling award for their extensive recycling programs that promote the principle of sustainability. SMA’s member companies account for over 75 percent of total US steel capacity, and utilize a feedstock almost entirely composed of recycled scrap metal.

The 2012 SMA Achievement in Community Involvement Award was presented to Evraz Pueblo, CMC Steel Alabama, Nucor Decatur and Nucor Tuscaloosa. Evraz Pueblo was recognized for assisting veterans, who comprise a quarter of the facility’s workforce, with re-entering civilian life and finding employment within the steel industry. CMC Steel Alabama was recognized for relief provided to the Birmingham community following tornadoes there in April 2011. Nucor Steel Decatur and Tuscaloosa were also recognized for April 2011 tornado relief efforts.

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