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It was a pleasure attending the workshop. The information that I needed to learn was wrapped up in a single package. The workshop and the trainers were great. Just what I needed to be successful.

Brian K. Bohm, Regional Plant Manager, Morton Buildings, Inc.

I learned so much at your workshop. I am thankful I had the opportunity to attend. I loved that I was able to go back and review the videos and download the notes for the videos. Also, I loved that I was able to download the PowerPoints as well. Thanks for all the hard work!

Ashley Barnes, Product Specialist, O’Neal Steel, LLC

I enjoyed the workshop. The second day was enjoyable actually seeing the production of steel with the multiple videos provided. I also appreciated the instructors taking the time to answer all the questions and showed a genuine interest in any question.

Baruch Kibel , MRO Purchasing Manager, Steel Warehouse of Ohio

I truly enjoyed this workshop! I learned a lot and I thought all of the speakers were great, they were obviously passionate and very knowledgeable. I would say this is an amazing learning tool for those looking to gain more knowledge of the steel industry!

Anna Atsinger, Steel Dynamics, Inc

Although the Steel 101 Workshop was virtual this year, the instructors still took ample time to answer questions and provide us with knowledge that will help us perform our everyday tasks in the steel industry!

Reggie Garrett, Inside Sales Representative, Steel Dynamics, Inc.

It was such a pleasure to join you all in the Steel 101 workshop. I have come to depend on the insights available on Steel Market Update, and it was great to learn from these experts about how the steel industry functions.

Onely Flores, Inside Sales Associate, Harbor Pipe & Steel

I thought the class was amazing and very helpful for someone like me that was new to the market. I appreciated the time each instructor took to ensure every question was answered. I’d love to go to another one next year even if it comes out of my own pocket. A+

Chris Burkepile, Quality Engineer, Kloeckner Metals

I think SMU has done a fantastic job condensing so much valuable information into a short amount of time, while keep the atmosphere fun and well paced.  The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and have decades of experience.  I will be recommending this workshop to my peers.

Brian Hunt, Supply Quality Manager, McNICHOLS CO.

Overall, the workshop was very informative. The individuals from SMU know what they are talking about and can answer any questions you may have regardless of your level of experience. I would recommend this workshop not for just new hires into the steel market but as a refresher course for those that have been involved for years. I have returned to my office with a better understanding of how steel is made and what it takes to obtain the products we utilize.

John Quinn, Sales Representative, Curtis Steel Company

Being new to the steel industry I had so many questions! It is hard to sift through all the information found online and not get overwhelmed, but having this seminar is a good starting point to begin more in-depth searches and ask more intelligent questions.  While you do not walk out of this seminar as an expert, you do have a really good toolbox to become one in time.  I thank the organizers and will try to get everyone in the company to eventually attend one of this in the future!

Alejandra Bohorquez, Purchasing Manager, Industrial Components of Texas

Very interesting, the information it is valuable for different areas, sales, quality, purchasing, etc. Facilitators from different areas and vast experience make the workshop a good investment.

Rafael Saenz, Director of Quality, CoilPlus Texas

Perfect event to attend if you are new to the steel industry or would like to learn more about it. Great balance of overall industry information as well as the opportunity to visually see the steel-making process first hand at a mill.

Zack Kinnoin, Purchasing Clerk, CEMCO

The Steel Workshop was a very informative introduction to the entire steel industry from manufacturing to purchasing steel and the factors driving the market. I would highly recommend the workshop to anyone new to the industry.

Rick Cooper, Director of Finance, Taylor Steel

I enjoyed the workshop! I would recommend to anyone new to the steel industry. Great networking experience. The passion of the SMU group is seen throughout the whole workshop.

Olivia Forrester, Inside Sales Representative, National Material L.P.

SMU Steel 101 is a great learning tool for anyone working in the steel industry in any position. I wish I had this class 10 years ago.

Joann Pirko, Regional Sales Manager, Magic Coil Products

The Steel 101 Workshop provided the foundation of the steel making process and market insights to make more informed decisions, identify trends, and delivery valuable information to companies and customers.

Mike O''Neil, Purchasing Manager, Edw. C. Levy Co.

I really enjoyed the workshop. I thought the interactive activity was well put together and helpful in understanding what the material was we were discussing. The mill tour was one of my favorite things we did at the workshop. I would highly recommend this to my company as well as others to help their employees get a better understanding of the steel industry. 

Katy Clendenen, Inside Sales Representative, Heidtman Steel Products Inc.

This seminar was very necessary for me to learn the basics of steel; the technical and slang words, the gages of material and how it is produced and run through a mill. I feel I will be more engaged and able to communicate better in conversations with steel service center representatives.

Kathryn Czarnecki, Buyer, Mestek Inc.

For someone completely new to the steel industry, this class expedited my understanding of the market over two days compared to months of gradual learning on the job. 

Mike Montag, Product Manager - Suspension Systems, United States Gypsum Corporation

It was very well done. I like the interactive aspect of it. The presenters gave us real-world information with examples. It was just technical enough without being too difficult to understand.

Jonathan Lucas, Strategic Pricing Manager, NCI Group

I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about the industry or brush up on their knowledge. 

Rylee Zegley, Technical Sales Engineer, Chemcoaters

This was a very informative workshop for any organization related to steel.  We were in good hands with very knowledgeable, friendly instructors who are willing to take time to explain steel in detail no matter how simple or complicated questions maybe. I highly recommend!

Terrence Taylor, Commodity Manager, Goodman Manufacturing

This is an outstanding workshop with very knowledgeable, engaging instructors. I would recommend it to anyone new to the industry or even experienced professionals within the industry.

Dylan Pishney, Materials Associate, Steel Dynamics

The Steel 101 workshop is a must for anyone beginning their journey in the metals industry. Getting to work hand in hand with some of the industry''s most experienced professionals has helped launch me forward in my new career. This industry is complicated, and the workshop cleared up so many questions I had. Learning all this valuable information and then getting to see it in action on the mill tour was a priceless experience. I strongly encourage anyone who is new to the metals industry to sign up.

Victoria Letnich, Outside Sales Representative, Olympic Steel

The most informative Steel Workshop I''ve ever been to! Presented by a superb and diverse group of speakers.

Chuck Permar, Inside Sales Representative, Heidtman Steel Products, Inc

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