Local Member Chapters

Southeast Member Chapter Annual Meeting

Date: 21–23 September 2014
Location: Hilton Columbia Center, Columbia, SC
Plant Tour: CMC Steel South Carolina

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Schedule of Events

Sunday, 21 September 2014

8:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.

6–7:30 p.m.

Golf Outing Registration
Golf Outing Shotgun Start

Registration, Vendor Displays and Welcome Reception

Monday, 22 September 2014

8:30–9:30 a.m.
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
12–1 p.m.

1–4 p.m.
6–7 p.m.

7 p.m.



Registration, Vendor Displays and Breakfast
Technical Presentations

Technical Presentations
Reception and Vendor Displays
Dinner with keynote presentation by 
Steve Henderson, Vice President, East Region, CMC Americas


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Plant Tour: CMC Steel South Carolina

Technical Presentations
“Investigation of Calcium Carbide Injection into the EAF”
Trevor Saunders, melt shop supervisor, Nucor Steel Birmingham Inc. & Greg Brasel, technical manager, Carbide Industries LLC
“A History of Merchant Grades — The Evolution to Multi-Grades and the Benefits”
Chris Thomas, metallurgical engineer, CMC Steel Alabama
“Golden Dreams or Sleepless Nights: Current Trends in the USA Steel Market and Economy”
Becky E. Hites, president, Steel-Insights LLC
“California Steel 5 Stand Tandem Mill Modernization”
Gary Gepitulan, applications engineer and Tom Richards, senior process engineer, TMEIC Corp.
"Direct Reduction Ironmaking — a New Paradigm"
Henry P. Gaines, Jr., PE, director–marketing, Midrex Technologies Inc.
“Reheat Furnace Seal Upgrade”
Wes Boggs, technical assistant, CMC Steel South Carolina
“Valve Maintenance, The Ugly Truth”
Glenn Aker, caster continual improvement, Nucor Steel Berkeley

“Solids Handling – A Unique Approach,”
David Rupert, southeast coast manager, Chemtreat and Jeff Lasuay, maintenance supervisor, CMC Steel South Carolina
“Small Projects with Big Impact at CMC Steel SC”
Tom Smith, engineering manager, and Trey Plowden, electrical engineer, CMC Steel South Carolina
“Construction and Commissioning of DRI Line at Nucor Hertford”
Patrick Quiney, melt shop/casting metallurgist, Nucor Steel Hertford County
“New Rod Block/ Roughing Mill Upgrade”
Leon Kirven, daylight supervisor, Nucor Steel South Carolina
Meeting Registration:
Member: $375
Nonmember: $500*
*Nonmember fee includes AIST membership through 31 December 2015.
Monday Reception/Dinner Only: $100
Vendor Displays:
6-ft Tabletop: $300
10-ft Space: $650
Add Electrical: $30
Hotel Information
Hilton Columbia Center
924 Senate St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Although the AIST block cut-off date has passed, the Hilton Columbia Center may be able honor the rate (based on availability). Please contact the hotel directly at +1.803.744.7800 and ask for the AIST rate of $149 per night.
Sponsorships Available
$200 Golf Outing Hole Sponsorship
$400 Golf Outing Lunch Sponsor
$700 Tournament Sponsor (includes one foursome and one hole sign.)
Golf Outing Door Prizes
$200 Sunday Evening Reception Associate Sponsor
$400 Monday Lunch Sponsor
$200 Monday Evening Reception Associate Sponsor
$500 Monday Dinner Sponsor
Golf Outing Information
Sunday, 21 September 2014
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Shotgun Start: 9:30 a.m.
Captains Choice Format
Cobblestone Park Golf Club
280 University Parkway
Blythewood, SC 29016
Individual: $150
Foursome: $600 
Questions? Please contact Nicole Mattern at nmattern@aist.org.