We are 21st century steelmakers facilitating the exchange of information and ideas that promote public policies enabling North American steelmakers to compete globally. The SMA provides an optimal mix of advocacy that includes member services and external communication that educates, informs and influence stakeholders. The SMA supports its members as they safely, profitably and sustainably build businesses, lives and communities.
Safety – is a core SMA value. Safety permeates everything we do as 21st century steelmakers Professionalism – we are steel industry professionals who are competent and committed to quality and excellence Member Focus – we exist to support our members Growth Orientation – we are a modern organization committed to long-term growth in our membership, programs and initiatives Teamwork – we work together as a staff while always seeking the input, feedback and engagement of our members Integrity – we are truthful, honest and forthright with others and ourselves. Our mutual trust and respect for each other, our members, and the public is what differentiates us as an organization.
The SMA is the voice of the North American electric arc furnace
(EAF) steel industry. We are the largest steel trade association in North America and we are a highly respected resource for government, media, steelmakers and the general public.
In 1988, former U.S. Department of Commerce Undersecretary, Jim Collins, left his position at the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and established the National Steel Producers Association (NSPA), which later became the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA). SMA became a political voice in Washington for the Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) producers who are commonly called mini-mills. The SMA adopted a lean, member focused management style similar to the management style and structure of the mini-mills themselves.
SMA’s founding member companies include Birmingham Steel, Chicago Heights Steel, Commercial Metals Corporation, Florida Steel, and NW Steel and Wire. Today, Birmingham Steel is a part of Nucor, and Florida Steel is now Gerdau Long Steel North America. These founding members are still major steel producers and are among the most dominant in North America leading in mergers and acquisitions and long products market share.
SMA HAS 53 PRODUCER MEMBER COMPANIES.
SMA MEMBERSHIP PEAKS AT 61 MEMBERS
SMA MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNTS FOR NEARLY HALF OF TOTAL U.S. STEELMAKING CAPACITY.
Tom Danjczek becomes president of the SMA. Using his acumen as a dynamic and experienced steelmaker, Tom continues SMA’s public policy efforts and introduces SMA’s new emphasis of
“focusing on the steelmaker”. The current SMA committee structure is built and the organization grows in its recognition and relevance.
Unfairly traded, dumped and subsidized steel from abroad leads to a rapid decline in steel industry fortunes. SMA is instrumental in petitioning the Bush Administration to impose section 201 tariffs to help save the U.S. steel industry.
From 1999-2007 SMA member Gerdau leads a wave of North American steel industry consolidation with the acquisitions of SMA members, CoSteel, NorthStar Steel, Sheffield Steel, Chaparral Steel and TAMCO.
SMA membership holds steady after years of intense industry consolidation. Despite fewer members, EAF production and technical dominance continues to surge.
American Steel Industry Supports the American Steel First Act.
SMA MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNTS FOR 75% OF TOTAL U.S. STEELMAKING CAPACITY.
Continuing its tradition of leadership by those who are knowledgeable of the steel industry, the SMA board of directors appoints Philip K. Bell, an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in steel, as its new President.
Steel industry icons meet at SMA Annual Member’s conference to discuss the past, present and future of our industry. Jo Isenberg, American Metal Market, Saikat Dey, former President and CEO Severstal North America, Clyde Selig, Commercial Metals Group, Phil Casey, former President and CEO Gerdau Ameristeel, Keith Busse, Chairman Steel Dynamics. All served on SMA Board of Directors.
62% OF ALL STEEL MADE IN NORTH AMERICA IS MADE VIA THE EAF PROCESS.
SMA membership reflects the consolidation and rationalization of the US steel industry. Although the SMA has half the number of producer members it did in 1997, our current members account for more production capacity than ever before.