Local Member Chapters

Past Southwest Member Chapter Events

Annual Meeting — March 2014
The Southwest Member Chapter annual meeting was held on Sunday, 2 March–Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at the Doubletree San Antonio Downtown in San Antonio, Texas, USA. More than 100 attendees participated in the event.  The meeting began on Sunday, 2 March with a vendor fair and networking reception in the evening. On Monday morning, 3 March, attendees gathered for additional networking time at the vendor fair, followed by technical presentations. Presentations included: “Transforming Meltshop Data Into Powerful Information,” Sam Matson, CMC Americas; “Nucor Steel–Texas 1 Roll Mill Automation Upgrade,” David Muha, Nucor Steel–Texas; “Wave Mold Update,” Eddie Rios, CMC Steel Texas; “Remove EAF Team From Exposure,” Ronny Danner, Nucor Steel–Texas; and “Mill Setup Practices,” Cole Walker, CMC Steel Arkansas. That afternoon, 17 golfers braved the 38°F weather for the golf outing. The winning team consisted of Steve Dodge of Flame Technologies, Bill Albaugh of AIST and Bobby Rennaker of Falk PLI. Following a networking reception and dinner, a keynote presentation was given by Stephen Weaver, director of operations, CMC Steel Texas. Also at the dinner, past chairs of the chapter were recognized for their service: Ross Wilkinson of Gerdau Arkansas Mill and Mitchell Davis of Nucor Steel–Texas. The 2013 Outstanding Service Award was presented Dale Koehn of Spraying Systems for his commitment to the Southwest Member Chapter and dedication to the yearly golf outings. On Tuesday, 4 March, vendor displays and technical presentations continued. Presentations included: “Reheat Furnace and Safety Guidelines,” Shane Moore, Gerdau Midlothian Mill; “Cut by Weight,” Jason Stevens, Nucor Steel–Texas; “Critical Path Passline,” Duane Benham, Gerdau Midlothian Mill; “Meltshop Non-Contact Cooling Tower Fan Variable Frequency Drive Upgrade,” Adam Spece, Nucor Steel–Texas; and “Changing Safety Culture,” Ross Wilkinson, Gerdau Arkansas Mill. Following the technical presentations, attendees toured the CMC Steel Texas facility in Seguin, Texas, USA.

Annual Meeting — March 2013
On 10-12 March 2013, the AIST Southwest Member Chapter held its annual meeting at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Beaumont, Texas. Although the golf outing was cancelled on Sunday due to weather conditions, attendees enjoyed a welcome reception and vendor fair that evening. Monday’s technical presentations included “Improvement in Ergonomics of Melt Shop Operations” by Allen Stauffer, Ronny Danner, Jacob King and Kevin Allen, Nucor Steel–Texas; “Process Control Using the Bruker Slag Analyzer” by Marty Martinez, Gerdau Special Steel North America–Fort Smith; “EAF Water Panel Emergency Shut-Off” by Nick Boerjan, Gerdau Special Steel North America–Fort Smith, “Energy Efficient Fans at Nucor Steel–Texas” by Adam Spece, Nucor Steel–Texas; “Gerdau and Application of Our Products” by Bhaskar Yalamanchili, Ph.D, Gerdau –Tampa; "Proper Ladle Slag Management” by Mike Butler and Timothy Zeng, Gerdau Beaumont; “Improving Mold Water Temperature” by Jarell Crutcher, Gerdau Beaumont; “Performance and Reliability of Caster Steam Exhaust System” by Jason Batson, and Neil Thornley, Nucor Steel–Texas; and “Anodizing Steel for Corrosion Protection” by Thomas David Burleigh, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology. Monday evening, attendees participated in a vendor fair, reception and dinner with a keynote presentation by Ricardo Anawate, vice president and general manager of Gerdau Beaumont. On Tuesday, 12 March, host plant Gerdau Beaumont welcomed the meeting attendees to a tour of their mill and a Q&A session during lunch.
Annual Meeting — March 2012
On 11–13 March 2012, the AIST Southwest Member Chapter hosted their annual spring meeting at the Hilton College Station & Conference Center in College Station, Texas. Despite a rained-out golf outing, the event began on Sunday, 11 March, with an evening welcome reception and a vendor fair featuring 16 exhibiting companies. Monday’s program included seven technical paper presentations from Nucor Steel Memphis Inc., Spraying Systems, Nucor Steel–Texas, CMC Steel Texas, Gerdau Midlothian and SMS Meer Service Inc. Following the close of the technical presentations, attendees gathered for a reception, more time with the exhibiting companies at the vendor fair and a dinner with a keynote presentation by James Darsey, executive vice president, Nucor Corp. On Tuesday, 13 March, attendees were given a plant tour and lunch at the Nucor Steel–Texas facility in Jewett, Texas. There were 80 attendees at the technical program and nearly 100 at the Monday evening dinner.