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The Journey to 30!

We are 21st Century Steelmakers.  We facilitate the exchange of information and ideas that promote public policies that enable 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 influences stakeholders. The SMA supports its members as they safely, profitably and sustainably build businesses, lives and communities.

1980s

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.

1990s

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.

2000s

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.

Today and Beyond

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.