Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) Steel
SMA fiercely advocates for all major policies related to today’s rapidly changing and highly competitive steel industry.
To compel our nation’s leaders, businesses and general public to value and support the American EAF steel industry for the positive impact it has on our country.
Greener. Cleaner. Eco-friendlier. These aren’t just trendy buzzwords we throw around. Sustainability has always been the most compelling part of the EAF steel story—and we have reason to boast about it. Steel is endlessly recyclable. In fact, EAF steel routinely uses 90-95% recycled scrap materials; scrap that would normally end up in landfills across America. From the air we breathe to the ground we walk on, it’s all greener and safer because of EAF steel’s commitment to our one and only planet.
We’re steel manufacturers by trade. But being true innovators is in our DNA. We meld together science, technology, data and creativity to cast new paths, new solutions and new opportunities; growing our domestic economy, businesses, community infrastructures and the hundreds of steel-dependent products we use daily.
People are our most valuable asset, and our track record proves it. We continuously exceed industry safety and environmental standards by automating our processes with the most advanced technology. We are deeply committed to providing a workplace that supports the well-being of our people, their families and communities.
EAF steel is the backbone of America. It’s an essential domestic industry that we all should feel proud to support. It sustains our way of life. It’s the most economical, accessible, safe, high quality and green steel in the world. We are all connected because of steel. Even if we don’t realize it, the way steel is made today matters. It’s the foundation of everything that makes our country great.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Annie Stefanec comes to the SMA as a scholarship athlete on the University of California, Los Angeles Division 1 Women’s Swim Team. Annie competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha, NE in the 100-meter backstroke. After retiring from competitive swimming, Annie still felt the pull for the smell of chlorine and became a coach at a local high school. Coaching transitioned into teaching 5th grade full-time, with a focus on English, reading and history. After a lifetime in California, Annie decided it was time for a change. Fortunately, Washington, DC has more to offer than the novelty of cold weather.
Currently the Director of External Communications & Public Affairs for the Steel Manufacturers Association, Annie grants SMA her expert advice as their resident millennial and communications guru. She also served as the Treasurer for the Baltimore/DC Chapter of American Women in Metal Industries and is a member of the NAM Council of Manufacturing Associations. She has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communications from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Public Policy from UCLA.
ERIC STUART joined the Steel Manufacturers Association in September 1996 as a staff officer. Since then, Eric has held positions with the association including Manager, Committee Affairs (1999), Director, Environment & Energy (2005), Vice President, Environment & Energy (2010), and most recently Vice President, Environment, Energy & Infrastructure Policy (2017). Currently Eric’s responsibilities include administering the Environment Committee, Plant Operations Division, Transportation Committee and the Energy Ad Hoc Group, as well as SMA’s Associate Membership program.
Eric began his collegiate career at Boise State University in 1987 and transferred to complete his Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science – international relations from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1991. He followed this with a Master of Arts Degree in Western European Studies from the University of Connecticut in 1992. Following graduation, and before joining the SMA, Eric worked at Voice of America Agency, within the U.S. Information Agency, in the first Clinton Administration (1995).
Eric is a native of the great state of Idaho, born and raised in Fruitland. He and his wife, Jennifer, and daughter Penelope, reside in Mount Vernon, Alexandria, Virginia.
John Wittenborn has more than 30 years of experience providing a wide spectrum of strategic advice, counseling and litigation services to individual corporate clients, major national trade associations, energy companies and government agencies.
He serves as general environmental counsel to the Steel Manufacturers Association, Specialty Steel Industry of North America, Leather Industries of America, Inc., Copper & Brass Fabricators Council, Textile Rental Services Association, Metals Industries Recycling Coalition and other associations and coalitions.
John is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, B.S., 1971, and Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington, J.D., 1974, cum laude He also earned his LL.M., Environmental Law, 1980, from George Washington University Law School with highest honors.