Steel 101 Workshop to Tour North Star BlueScope

On April 11th and 12th of this year Steel Market Update (SMU) will hold our Steel 101: Introduction to Steel Making & Market Fundamentals workshop in Toledo, Ohio.

Our workshops are uniquely suited for those new to the steel industry or those who are looking to “fine tune” their understanding of steel making and rolling skills as well as getting a better understanding of the ever-changing and challenging steel industry. Our workshop goes through how iron ore (or scrap) becomes new steel, how it is rolled into hot rolled, cold rolled, galvanized, Galvalume and other products. With the help of North Star BlueScope those attending our workshop will be able to see steel being made and rolled into hot rolled coils. Our workshop also covers how various qualities of steel are made, sold and used. The steel industry is an international business and we probe some of the factors that drive steel prices including a discussion of what is happening in the markets today.

Our instructors have been active participants in the industry as metallurgists (2); sales at the mill level (2), service center (1) and trading company (1) and OEM purchasing (1). Two of our instructors: Peter Wright and John Packard are also actively involved in analyzing and writing about the steel industry. The net result being we can discuss the industry from many vantage points based on experience.

The people who attend our workshops come from a variety of backgrounds and job descriptions. We have steel mill people in every workshop, service centers, manufacturing companies, toll processors, suppliers to the industry and members of the financial community. We work hard to provide an environment suitable for not only learning but also networking with others within the industry.

One of our attendees from the workshop we held in Huntsville, Alabama in January left us a note about the workshop, “This workshop was extremely valuable a great use of time/money. A ton of great material was covered in the short time we were together. The instructors were outstanding. The cocktail hour and dinner was a great opportunity to get to know other participants and the instructors in greater detail as well as ask additional questions. Thank you for this powerful workshop.”

We still have spots available for our Toledo, Ohio workshop. The dates are April 11-12, 2017 with the workshop beginning at 7 AM on Tuesday and ending at 3 PM on Wednesday. On Tuesday afternoon we will tour the North Star BlueScope steel mill which is located about 30 minutes from Toledo.

The cost for the two-day workshop is $2000 per person with discounts provided for SMU members. The fees cover breakfast (both days), lunch (both days), breaks, cocktail party and dinner on Tuesday evening and transportation to the mill and back to the hotel. We do not cover hotel rooms but we have a special rate at the Radisson University of Toledo of $99 per person.

Registration and information can be found on our website: or you are welcome to contact us at: or by phone: 800-432-3475.

We look forward to seeing you in Toledo!

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