Washington, D.C.  – The Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) announced today that Optimus Steel has joined the association.

Optimus Steel is located in Beaumont, Texas and specializes in the production of wire rod and coiled rebar. The mill has a meltshop capacity of approximately 700,000 tons per year and a rolling mill capacity of about 800,000 tons per year.

Jim Kerkvliet, president and CEO of Optimus Steel, said: “We are pleased to partner with the SMA and its member companies. The organization is committed to supporting 21st Century Steelmakers with an agenda rooted in sound public policy, a strong safety culture, and environmental stewardship.  This, combined with SMA’s entrepreneurial spirit and responsiveness to its members, will benefit both Optimus Steel and the industry as a whole.”

“We are pleased to welcome Optimus Steel to the SMA,” stated SMA president Philip K. Bell. It is important that the North American EAF steel industry, come together to address common challenges and to pursue common goals. We look forward to Optimus Steel’s contributions as a producer member.”


SMA is North America’s largest steel industry trade association, and the primary association for electric arc furnace steel producers.  SMA’s 26 producer member companies account for over seventy-five percent of total domestic steelmaking capacity.  SMA members have operations in 43 states and 115 congressional districts. For more information visit SMA’s website at www.steelnet.org  or our Facebook page.