60,000 people

and indirectly generate an additional 420,000 jobs

SMA members directly employ


75 percent

SMA members account for over three-fourths of domestic steelmaking capacity.


SMA’s members are the most efficient in the world.

They produce steel at less than 1.9 man-hours per ton, a five-fold improvement since 1980. Many SMA member companies produce steel at less than 1 man-hour per ton.


Electric Arc Furnace Steel Production is the dominant steelmaking process in North America

Almost two-thirds of steel made in North America is made via the EAF process.


SMA members lead the way in safe, sustainable and technology driven steel production

SMA members actively engage in CAPEX investment, process optimization, innovation, product improvements

SMA Remembers James F. Collins

It is with heartfelt sadness that we share the news of the passing of SMA founder James F. “Jim” Collins.  Jim was 90 years old.  A native of Massachusetts, Jim grew up in Boston and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.  After earning a degree at Brown University, Jim returned to [...]

July 25th, 2016|

Why China is Not a Market Economy

China’s role in the global economy may be the most divisive trade issue of the modern era. The country’s explosive growth has positioned it as a leading trade partner to the world’s most powerful nations. But now the Asian superpower says it has earned the right to trade as a market economy, challenging the World Trade Organization and its protections against dumping. MetalMiner explores how the situation arose, how the decision will be made and what’s at stake for American industry and its workers. Learn more here:

July 18th, 2016|

Steel Facts

All 99 pounds of steel in the average major appliance can be recycled to make new steel products.

Steel was first used for skyscrapers in 1883.

Steel parts are more dent-resistant and are up to 30 percent stronger than they were a decade ago.

600 steel cans or tin cans are recycled every second.

Steel doors are fireproof.


“As a founding member of the SMA, Commercial Metals believes that the organization represents 21st Century Steelmakers and creates a forum where its members can exchange ideas and engage in solution focused initiatives for the North American steel industry. We are proud to be a part of this organization.”
Tracy Porter, SMA Chairman and President CMC Americans, Irving TX
“The SMA is a tremendous value proposition for me and my company. As a trade association, the SMA embraces the EAF, Minimill culture which is lean, cross functional and results oriented into its day-to-day operations. SMA address my advocacy needs and they fight for domestic steel producers whether they are Fortune 500 companies or 100 plus year old family businesses, such as mine.”
Burke Byer, President & CEO Byer Steel, Cincinnati, OH
“This is an organization that is extremely responsive and offers programming for its members from the C-Suite to rank-and-file employees at the mill level. Its member driven committee structure that focuses on areas such as safety, environment, plant operations, human resources, and transportation is what makes the Steel Manufacturers association unique.”
Kim Selph, Director Communications and Public Affairs, Gerdau North America, Tampa FL
“We value our long standing relationship with the SMA. The SMA enables us to have significant access to our customer base, interact with company personnel and promote our innovative and sustainable solutions to the steel industry.”
Mike Romano, Global VP Corporate Accounts, NALCO an Ecolab Company

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September 21-23, 2016

Washington, DC


October 3-5, 2016

Indianapolis, Indiana

Recent Events


April 28-29, 2016 Washington, DC The SMA Environment Committee met in Washington, [...]


April 27-28, 2016 Washington, DC The SMA Annual Members Conference was held [...]


April 7-8, 2016 Fort Worth, Texas The Plant Operations Division (POD) and [...]

SMA Transportation Committee meeting

April 7-8, 2016 Fort Worth, Texas The Transportation Committee meeting included supply chain discussions with the BNSF and TrinityRail, as well as a topic on resilient construction and sustainability initiatives with Lehigh Hanson. The group also discussed local truck weight limits, changes to trucking Hours-of-Service rules, and the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to remove Surface Transportation Board commodity exemptions pertaining to scrap and steel products.