Local Member Chapters


Past Globe-Trotters Member Chapter Events

Annual Meeting — August 2017
The AIST Globe-Trotters Member Chapter held its annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, on 26–29 August 2017. This year’s meeting attracted 266 attendees.
The event kicked off Saturday evening with a welcome networking reception. Programming began Sunday morning with meltshop and rolling mill operators’ roundtable discussions, where safety was a focus during both of the discussions. Other topics were covered, including “no-touch tools,” and how to get operators off the mill floor while running by using safety devices, cameras, barriers and proactive safety. Suppliers were invited to join the roundtables in the afternoon, which provided them an open forum to discuss new innovative products as well as answer questions and offer solutions to the producers. Discussions from the roundtables continued during the Sunday evening networking reception.
Monday began with a plant tour of Steel Dynamics Inc. – Engineered Bar Products Division. The chapter’s annual golf outing was held immediately following the tour at The Brickyard Crossing, where golfers had the opportunity to play four holes inside the oval of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The golf outing is held each year to raise funds for the chapter’s scholarship program, and this year it raised US$4,000. Thank you to all who participated and supported the scholarship fund.
Technical presentations began on Tuesday morning for both the meltshop and rolling mill tracks. Topics included plant safety, EAF optimization, computer simulation of an EAF, finish mill improvements and rolling mill simulation. Best paper awards went to:

  • “WAVE Molds, by Tim Crothers, Nucor Steel Jackson Inc.

  • “Nucor Auburn’s New Finishing End,” by Jarrod Prill, Nucor Steel–Auburn.

1. The Globe-Trotters Member Chapter held its annual meeting on 26–29 August 2017 (left to right): Bob Kuhn, Riverside Refractories Inc.; Scott Levan, Riverside Refractories Inc.; Neil Parker, Gerdau Long Steel North America Midlothian Mill; Rick Wood, Commercial Metals Company – Alabama; and Ed Morris, Riverside Refractories Inc. 2. The Globe-Trotters Member Chapter annual meeting included a golf outing at The Brickyard Crossing (left to right): Dan Cook, Lhoist North America; Bill Johnson, Berry Metal Co.; John Beatty, Lhoist North America; and Doug Kline, Lhoist North America.

The meeting concluded with a fellowship dinner Tuesday evening. Glenn Pushis, senior vice president, Long Products Steel Group, Steel Dynamics Inc., was the guest speaker. He addressed the crowd with his presentation, “Our Culture Is Our Strategy.” The dinner also provided an opportunity for the chapter to announce their 2017 scholarship recipients:

  • Madeleine Jennings, Texas State University.

  • Patrick LaRoy, Purdue University.

  • William Cameron Roberson, Auburn University.

  • Patrick Smith, Clemson University.

The 2018 Globe-Trotters Member Chapter annual meeting will be held 24–27 August 2018 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, with EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel serving as the host mill.

3. Gavin Noel (right), Amsted Rail Co., Globe-Trotters Member Chapter chair, recognized Madeleine Jennings (left), Texas State University, Globe-Trotters Member Chapter 2017 scholarship recipient, during the chapter’s annual meeting. 4. Steve Migliore (right) presented Scott Levan (left) and Rick Wood (center) with plaques of appreciation for their service as officers of the Globe-Trotters Member Chapter.  5. Gavin Noel (left), presented Andy Sommer (right), Nucor Steel–Auburn, with the 2nd Best Paper Award for the meltshop presentations. 6. Representatives from Steel Dynamics Inc. were recognized for hosting a tour of the company’s Engineered Bar Products Division.
 

Annual Meeting — August 2016
The AIST Globe-Trotters Member Chapter held its annual meeting in Myrtle Beach, S.C., USA, on 27–30 August 2016. This year’s meeting attracted 300 attendees, the highest attendance in more than 16 years.
The event kicked off Saturday evening with a welcome networking reception. Programming began Sunday morning with meltshop and rolling mill operator roundtable discussions where safety was a focus. Other topics were covered, including heat stress avoidance, slag door operations and heat measuring technologies, EAF shell temperature measuring and hiring/training technical employees. Suppliers were invited to join the roundtable discussions in the afternoon, providing them an open forum to discuss new innovative products as well as answer questions and offer solutions to the producers. Discussions from the roundtables continued during the Sunday evening networking reception.
Monday, 29 August, began with a plant tour of Nucor Steel–South Carolina. The Globe-Trotters Member Chapter annual golf outing was held immediately following the tour at Barefoot Resort and Golf Club. The outing was a great success, despite the weather and temporary rain delay, raising US$1,350 toward the chapter’s scholarship program.
Technical presentations began on Tuesday morning for both the meltshop and rolling mill tracks. Topics included direct reduced iron technology, smart furnace operations, installation of NEXTGEN®, rolling mill upgrades, safety and global energy markets. Best paper awards went to:

  • “Process Improvement,” by Bryant Richardson, Gerdau Long Steel North America Sayreville Mill.

  • “Medium-Section Mill Reheat Furnace Upgrade,” by Ricardo Rodrigues, Gerdau Long Steel North America Midlothian Mill.

 
 
The winning foursome at the Globe-Trotters Member Chapter annual golf outing consisted of (left to right): Dan Williams, Michael Mutton, Tim Reynolds and Joseph Malchar.
 
 
1. Adam Horrex (left) congratulated Bryant Richardson (right) of Gerdau Long Steel North America Sayreville Mill, who won the best paper award for the meltshop presentations. 2. Neil Parker (left) congratulated Ricardo Rodrigues (right) of Gerdau Long Steel North America Midlothian Mill, who won the best paper award for the rolling mill presentations.

The meeting concluded with a fellowship dinner on Tuesday evening. Dave Sumoski, executive vice president of engineered bar products, Nucor Corp., was the guest speaker. He addressed the crowd with his presentation, “Our Steelmaking Legacy.” The dinner also provided an opportunity for the chapter to announce its 2016 scholarship recipients: Patrick LaRoy, Patrick Smith, Morgan Richards and Maxim Fennis.
The next Globe-Trotters Member Chapter annual meeting will be held 26–29 August 2017 at The Westin Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, with the host mill being Steel Dynamics Inc. – Engineered Bar Products Division.

 

Annual Meeting  August 2015
The AIST Globe-Trotters Member Chapter held its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA, on 29 August–1 September 2015. This year’s meeting drew more than 280 attendees — the highest attendance in over 15 years. The program kicked off on Sunday morning, 30 August, with two operator roundtable discussions (meltshop and rolling), followed by two operator-supplier roundtable discussions in the afternoon (meltshop and rolling). Many attendees commented on the benefits and information gained during these discussions, in which safety was a key topic. On Monday, 31 August, the attendees were given a tour of CMC Steel Texas, with a majority returning to play in the annual golf outing, held at SilverHorn Golf Club. The program concluded on Tuesday morning, 1 September, with technical sessions on various topics in both meltshop and rolling mill technology. This year’s best papers were by Grant Etheredge of Nucor Steel–South Carolina and Ty Hall of CMC Steel Texas. A dinner on Tuesday evening concluded the event. Tracy Porter, senior vice president, CMC, and president, CMC Americas Division, gave an informative talk titled “Headwinds for the Steel Industry.” Also during the dinner, the chapter’s 2015 scholarship recipients were announced: Patrick LaRoy, Jordyn Reed, Morgan Richards and Anna Lefew. The 2016 Globe-Trotters Member Chapter annual meeting will be held at the Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C., USA, with Nucor Steel–South Carolina serving as the host mill.

Annual Meeting — August 2014
The AIST Globe-Trotters Member Chapter held its annual meeting in Portland, Ore., USA, on 23–26 August 2014. There were more than 235 attendees at the event, which kicked off on Sunday morning with two operator roundtable discussions (melt shop and rolling), followed by two operator-supplier roundtable discussions in the afternoon (melt shop and rolling). There were many comments on the benefit of and information presented during these discussions, and safety was the most frequently discussed topic. On Monday, 25 August, the attendees were given a tour of Cascade Steel Rolling Mill, with a majority returning to play in the annual golf outing, held at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. The meeting concluded on Tuesday morning, 26 August, with technical sessions on various topics in both melt shop and rolling mill technology. The meeting concluded with a dinner Tuesday evening and a speech titled “Recycling for Value” by Richard Peach Sr., vice president and chief financial officer, Schnitzer Steel. Also during the dinner, the 2014 Globe-Trotters Member Chapter scholarship winners were announced: Patrick LaRoy, Hayden Marsh, Bryant Loosle and Mathew Kirven. The 2015 Globe-Trotters annual meeting will be held at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio in San Antonio, Texas, USA, with CMC Steel Texas serving as the host mill.

Annual Meeting — August 2013
The Globe-Trotters Member Chapter held its annual meeting in New Orleans, La., on 24–27 August 2013. This year’s meeting had more than 250 in attendance. The program kicked off Sunday morning with two operator roundtable discussions (meltshop and rolling), followed by two operator/supplier roundtable discussions in the afternoon (meltshop and rolling). On Monday, 26 August, the attendees were given a tour of ArcelorMittal LaPlace, with the majority returning to play in the annual golf outing held at Stonebridge Golf Club. On Tuesday morning, 27 August, technical sessions were held on various topics in both meltshop and rolling mill technology. The event ended with a dinner Tuesday evening and a safety presentation by Ray Hawkins, plant manager, ArcelorMittal LaPlace. Also during the dinner, the Globe-Trotters announced their scholarship winners for 2013: Kendall Bott, Olivia King and Patrick LaRoy. An additional scholarship was given in honor of Stuart Gray to Adam Hodges, who attends The Ohio State University. The 2014 Globe-Trotters annual meeting will be held at the Hilton in Portland, Ore., with Cascade Steel as the host mill.

Annual Meeting — September 2012
The AIST Globe-Trotters Member Chapter held its 2012 annual meeting in Jacksonville, Fla., on 8–11 September. This year’s meeting had more than 225 attendees. The program kicked off Sunday morning with two operator roundtable discussions (meltshop and rolling), followed by two operator-supplier roundtable discussions in the afternoon (meltshop and rolling). On Monday, 10 September, the attendees took a tour of Gerdau Jacksonville, with a majority returning to a beautiful day at the annual golf outing, held at St. Johns Golf Club. The 2012 Globe-Trotters meeting concluded on Tuesday morning, 11 September, with technical sessions on various topics in both meltshop and rolling mill technology. The meeting culminated with a dinner Tuesday evening and an informative talk given by Philip Bell, director — external communications, Gerdau North America. Also during the dinner, the Globe-Trotters announced their four scholarship winners for 2012: Ryne Somers, Jonathan Leffew, Jordyn Reed and Olivia King. An additional scholarship was given in honor of Stuart Gray to Taylor Bott. The 2013 Globe-Trotters annual meeting will be held in New Orleans, La., with the host mill being ArcelorMittal La Place.