it All Began
Globe-Trotter group is a section of the AIST of AIME.
This group has roots back to 1937 when a sectional group was formed
in St. Louis, Missouri by the Chairman of the Open Hearth Committee
of AIME. In 1943, this group became the Southwestern Section of
AIME. The Chairman at that time was Al Sommer of Keystone Steel
who held the post from 1943 to 1949. Some of the companies in this
Southwest Section at that time were Keystone, Granite City, American
Steel Foundry, Scullins, Laclede and Glenco. We also had support
from Canada and Mexico in the formative years of the Section. People
like C. Benton of Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Jack
Atkinson, Domonion Foundries, Hamilton, Ontario, and Arturo Lascono,
Altos Hornos, Monclova, Mexico.
Sommer was very interested in developing the Basic Open Hearth practices
and was eager to form a group to share experiences. It is a known
fact that the mills associated with the SW Section were pioneers
in the advancement of Open Hearth Steelmaking. Our friends in Europe
were ahead of us in the use of Basic Refractory Open Hearth Construction.
It was a SW Section Mill that bit the bullet and redesigned their
Open Hearth Furnace into an all Basic Furnace. Al Sommer of Keystone
Steel can be remembered as the real "Father" of the all
Basic Open Hearth Furnace in the Western Hemisphere. The all Basic
Furnace contributed highly to the growth of the SW Section. It drew
people from all over the world to visit mills in the SW Section.
Our award for the best technical paper, which is given at each technical
meeting was initiated in 1967, and is called the Al Sommer Award.
The first winner was Mr. William Wiggerson of Laclede Steel Company.
He was presented his award by Tom Carver, President at the Fall
Meeting at the Muelbach Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.
Over the years the group has grown first through the Midwest part
of the country with companies like USS in Birmingham, Republic Gadston,
Armco Kansas City, Armco Houston, Sand Springs, CF&I, Atlantic
Steel, Inland, Northwestern and Lone Star. In the 50's the Electric
Furnace made an impact in the industry and the Southwest section
was the first to promote technical sessions for Electric Furnace
Operators, again filling a need for sharing of experience.
The name "Globe-Trotters" was first recorded in the 1952
report to the National Open Hearth Committee by C.L. King, from Armco
KC who was the Chairman of the Southwest Section at the time, when
he referred to the group as the "Globe-Trotters".
In 1957-58 the little character that we all see on our program was
born. Harry Hausner with the Lavino Co. is credited with the design
of the little melter shaped like a globe with a brief case in his
left hand. On the brief case it says "SW SEC. NOHC". It
is thought that George Grosvenor Sr., Chairman in 1958, was the model
for this character.
Meetings & Scholarships
had always been 2 meetings a year, but until the middle 60's, the
winter meeting was always a one day meeting held at the Lennox Hotel
in St. Louis.
The Globe-Trotters were one of the first groups to start a Ladies
Program. Prior to 1969 the ladies were not included in the National
Meetings. Some wives were coming to the Southwest Section Meetings
but did not join the men for the Reception or Dinner. The ladies
would have their own reception and dinner and then join the men
later for the entertainment, but even then had to sit in chairs
behind their husbands. This changed in the spring of 1969 in Birmingham
when the ladies were allowed to join the men for dinner. The first
Ladies Program was organized for the Fall meeting of 1969 in Atlanta.
In the 1960's the meeting format was for 2 meetings per year, Spring
and Fall. Each of these meetings was a 2 day meeting. They were
held on Thursday and Friday. At the fall meeting they would have
a tour on Thursday, a mixer on Thursday evening and the Technical
Session on Friday. The Spring meeting was held in St. Louis. They
would have a planning meeting on Thursday, a Mixer on Thursday evening
and then the Technical meeting on Friday.
At the Fall meeting in 1969 the format was expanded to a three day
format starting with a Program Planning Meeting on Sunday morning
and a mixer on Sunday evening. On Monday there would be a Plant
Tour in the morning and a Golf outing in the afternoon. On Tuesday
there would be an all day Technical Meeting and a Fellowship Dinner
that evening. This same format was used at both Spring and Fall
and the group was then traveling to a different location for each
meeting. A pattern developed where some plants were hosting a meeting
every five years.
1972 the Scholarship Program for offspring of the AIME members was
established. This program has grown from one scholarship per year
to several scholarships per year.
In 1973 a joint meeting of the Western Section and the Globe-Trotters
was held in Los Angeles, California. Another joint meeting of these
two Sections was held in 1978 in Costa Mesa, California. Ameron
Steel and Wire Co. hosted this meeting. Due to the cost of travel
this was the last joint meeting.
1975 a new set of by-laws were developed and we officially became
the Globe-Trotters Section of AIME. The people who signed these
by-laws were S.L. Norwood, R.K. Ozeki, S.M. Purcell, H.W. Schoenig,
R.B. Webb, L.J. Huber, G.L. Faulkner, T.R. Carver, D.C. Knupp and
In the 70's and early 80's the mini mills were a welcome addition
to the group. Companies like Chapparal, North Star, Birmingham Steel,
Florida Steel, Sheffield Steel, SMI, and Nucor. We also have been
joined by more friends in Canada at LASCO, Manitoba, and Stelco
as well as Steel Companies in Mexico.
In 1984 a Rolling Mill Section was added to the Globe-Trotters Group.
The addition of this group was the results of the effort of Ron
Lincoln and Lou Colatriano, who saw again a need that existed to
give the Rolling Mill Operators in mini mills the opportunity to
gain knowledge of new methods and get questions answered. This was
an example of the kind of leadership and foresight that Ron Lincoln
brought to this organization. He was undoubtedly one of the strongest
leaders in the history of this organization.
An organization meeting of the Rolling Mill Section was held at
the Broadmoor in the Fall of 1984. In attendance were Lou Colatriano,
Chapparal Steel , Dick Murray, North Star Steel Iowa, Gerry Penn,
Knoxville Iron Co. and Tony Greaves, Manatoba Rolling Mills. A paper
on "Chapparalís Medium Section Mill" was presented
by Lou Colatriano at the Tuesday Technical Meeting. The first separate
Rolling Mill Technical program was presented the following Spring
in Dallas. This group has grown from these "Four Horsemen"
to over 100 members.
We cannot discuss the history of the Globe-Trotters without recognizing
the roll of the suppliers in supporting this organization and its
programs. The Globe-Trotters would not be as successful and enjoy
the reputation they have were it not for the support of the Suppliers
as well as the Steel Companies. One of the most critical needs of
this organization that was furnished by the supporting Supplier
Companies is the fantastic people who have filled the position of
Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary Treasurer over the
years. These people have done all the behind the scenes, planning,
negotiating, worrying, and sweating out of the arrangements and
weather for all of us. The Globe-rotter meetings are known industry
wide for their efficiency, quality and professional presentations.
These people have become experts in picking hotels and arranging
all the meetings and activities for the members of this ever growing
At the fall meeting in 1993 at Kansas City, a new format was used.
The meeting was shortened to a two day schedule held on Sunday and
Monday. The meeting consisted of a round table Technical Meetings
of the Melt Shop Section and the Rolling Mill Sections on Sunday
morning. These meetings are open to representatives of the Steel
Companies only. In the afternoon on Sunday these discussions are
continued but the Suppliers are invited to participate also. In
the evening on Sunday there is a mixer for all. On Monday Morning
there is a Plant Tour of the Host Company. This shortened format
was being tried to reduce the expense of the meeting and the amount
of travel expenses to the attendees. This format would also require
people to be away from their jobs only one work day. Before this
format was implemented a survey was taken of the members. It is
planned that this shortened format will be used for the Fall Meeting
only. The Spring Meeting each year will be the regular three day
It is amazing how this group has not only survived the ups and downs
of our business but has managed to grow in reputation and in size
through the years. We have seen attendance grow to almost 600 people
including 80 to 100 women. The plant tours average about 200.
I think this success of the meetings can be attributed to several
factors, some of these are:
- First, it filled a need for steelmakers to find solutions to the
problems and knowledge of new technology.
it was blessed with some strong leadership along the way to keep
its standards for the technical meetings on a high plane.
was the excellent support of our Steel Mill Management.
early leaders of the Globe-Trotters developed a format for the meetings
which made it unique and more beneficial to the members:
alternated meeting sites to expose members to other plants.
established the shared planning of meetings with input from members
for the content of technical sessions.
welcomed steelmakers, metallurgists and suppliers and their wives
to attend the meetings.
with this history of the Globe-Trotters Section of the AIST, there
is a listing of all meetings of this Section with the names of the
Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers, meeting locations, and Host
Companies. If you have information which will fill in any void in
this data or any other information which will give us a more accurate
and complete story of our great organization please submit it to
the Historian so we can update this story.
Melt Shop Officers
---- Rolling Mill Officers
like very much to thank those people who have helped in the collection
of this information. Without their input we would not have this
story. I know they will continue providing more information as time
goes on. My thanks to Steve Purcell, George Faulkner, Dan Murphy,
Lou Colatriano, Dave Miller, Bob Webb, George Grovsner, Ron Ozeki
and especially Sid Norwood, Tom Carver, Tom Fallon and Red Schoening.
you all, Leroy Cundiff, Historian