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2020 Steelmaker of the Year Award

John J. Ferriola
retired chairman, president and chief executive officer, Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C., USA

Recognized for his leadership and strategic vision in growing Nucor Steel and maintaining its profitability in an economically challenging steel market. His contributions transcend Nucor as a voice for the entire industry, articulating to policymakers the problem of unfair trade, and advocating for the strengthening and enforcement of trade laws.

Steelmaker of the Year Award

►Nomination Form
►Award Recipients

History and Purpose

The AIST Steelmaker of the Year Award, established in 1991, recognizes a prominent individual for steel industry leadership.

Nomination Process

Nominations shall be made by submitting the AIST Award Nomination FormA minimum of five letters of endorsement, a biography and proposed citation are required with each nomination. A majority of the endorsement letters shall be from non-related corporate entities.

All nomination information is considered confidential to the AIST Board of Directors, the Awards & Recognition Program Committee and its subcommittees.


Nominees will be considered from any steel production company throughout the world.  While not a requirement, the award is generally intended for a representative of a company that melts steel. Nominees will have demonstrated successful steel industry leadership through continuous improvement, technological innovation, strategic planning and the creation of a strong corporate culture. Nominees will have served the greater steel industry and advocated for the various communities it supports. Posthumous nominations shall be eligible if nominated within three years of death.

Selection Process

The AIST Awards and Recognition Program Committee shall narrow the field to three candidates.  The AIST Executive Committee shall select a final candidate.