MISSION

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.

VALUES

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.

VISION

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.

1988

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.

1990

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.

1993

SMA HAS 53 PRODUCER MEMBER COMPANIES.

1997

1997-iconSMA MEMBERSHIP PEAKS AT 61  MEMBERS

1998

50SMA MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNTS FOR NEARLY HALF OF TOTAL U.S. STEELMAKING CAPACITY.

1999

Tom DanjczekTom 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.

2002

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.

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2004

2002-gerdauFrom 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.

2005

SMA membership holds steady after years of intense industry consolidation. Despite fewer members, EAF production and technical dominance continues to surge.

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2008

American Steel Industry Supports the American Steel First Act.

75SMA MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNTS FOR 75% OF TOTAL U.S. STEELMAKING CAPACITY.

2013

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.

2014

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.

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2015

6262% OF ALL STEEL MADE IN NORTH AMERICA IS MADE VIA THE EAF PROCESS.

SMA MEMBERSHIP

2015-chart.jpgSMA 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.