Local Member Chapters

Southwest Member Chapter

Event Sponsors:

Annual Meeting

5–7 November 2018Hilton New Orleans Riverside • New Orleans, LA
The Southwest and Birmingham Member Chapters Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the AIST 2018 Leadership Conference.

►Hotel & Travel Information
►Vendor Display & Sponsorship Opportunities

Schedule of Events

Monday, 5 November 2018        

8:30 a.m.

Golf Outing at Bayou Oaks South Course 
Registration & warm-up

9:30 a.m.

Shotgun start
The course is located approx. eight miles from the hotel.  Golfers are responsible for their own transportation.

5 p.m.

Registration, Vendor Displays and Welcome Reception  

Tuesday, 6 November 2018   

7 a.m.   

 Registration and Breakfast   

8 a.m. 

  Technical Presentations  

  • Presentation by Commercial Metals Company Oklahoma

  • “New Mill Installation, CMC Oklahoma”
    Jason Jackson, rolling mill general foreman, Commercial Metals Company Oklahoma

  • “Human Impact of Visual Aid Technologies with Steel Facilities”
    Chris Machut, CEO, Netarus

  • “Designing & Commissioning of Ladle Slide Gate Manipulator”
    Sabra Serino, melt shop technical assistant, Commercial Metals Company Texas

  • “slag… what lies beneath”
    April Pitts-Baggett, process metallurgist, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa

  • “Poly-crystalline Alumina Technology”
    James Smith, vice president Engineering Technologies, Thermabond Refractory Solutions

  • “Fume Evacuation System Upgrade in the Melt Shop at CMC Steel Alabama”
    Brandon Washburn, electrical engineer, Commercial Metals Company Alabama



1 p.m. 

Technical Presentations  

  • Presentation by Sam Matson, director of Energy Technology,
    Commercial Metals Company Texas

  • Presentation by Chris Thomas, metallurgical engineer,
    Commercial Metals Company Alabama

  • “SDI – Structural & Rail Division, Electrode Performance & Optimization”
    Stephan Ferenczy, melt shop manager, Steel Dynamics Inc.

  • “Day We Remember"
    Ricky Rollins, president, Ricky Rollins Safety Speeches

5 p.m.

Networking Reception and Vendor Displays  

Wednesday, 7 November 2018  

8 a.m.

Plant Tour: Nucor Steel Louisiana

Contributing Sponsors

Airstream Systems Inc.
Heraeus Electro-Nite Co. LLC
TIC - The Industrial Company
Winkle Industries