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SteelDay events draw more than 7,000 attendees

September 29, 2009 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) – More than 7,000 people attended more than 170 free events across the country on September 18 for SteelDay, the first-ever national networking and education day for the design and construction community, hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and its members.

Architects, engineers, university faculty and students, and the general public visited steel mills, fabricators, service centers, galvanizers, and other steel facilities to network, witness advanced technologies in action, and see how the structural steel industry is building high-performance and sustainable projects.

SteelDay guests were able to learn first-hand about how steel is produced while strengthening relationships with others in the industry. A number of event hosts partnered together to offer unprecedented tours of multiple facilities that showcased various aspects of the steel supply chain.

Richard Martin, P.E., principal of MJ Structures, attended the North Texas Integrated SteelDay Tour in the Dallas area and commented, "It was a great tour and a unique opportunity to see a mill, a service center, a fabricator, and a galvanizer all at one time, to see the whole process. It was a very informative experience."

Students from several universities around the country attended SteelDay events and gained practical insight into various opportunities available in engineering and construction.

"It was incredible watching the faces of the college students as they got a first hand look at submerged arc welding, or felt the warmth of shiny metal as it emerged from the Wheelabrator blasting machine, or stand next to a 14-ft girder," said Bill McEleney, director of the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), who attended a SteelDay event at Hirschfeld Industries steel fabricating plant in Colfax, N.C.

SteelDay received national and local government recognition that acknowledged the critical role of structural steel in the country’s infrastructure, economy, and employment. SteelDay was entered in the Congressional Record by Senator Richard J. Durbin, who congratulated the structural steel industry and said, "Steel has featured prominently in America’s past and present and will undoubtedly play an important role in our nation’s future."

Governor Pat Quinn of Ill., Governor Joe Manchin III of W.Va., and Dan Onorato, the County Executive of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pa., all signed proclamations designating September 18 as SteelDay. Several government officials also attended SteelDay events in recognition of the structural steel industry’s commitment to sustainable construction and structural steel’s contributions as a safe, strong, and effective building material.

"SteelDay was a huge accomplishment for the structural steel industry, and AISC would like to thank everyone involved in its success," commented Chris Moor, AISC industry mobilization director. "It was a one of kind learning and networking experience that allowed the design and construction community, future engineers and architects, and others to get exposure on how the industry works together to achieve amazing products. It raised interest on the future of the industry as well."

Photos from many SteelDay events can be found at www.steelday.org, and videos will soon be posted. SteelDay is planned to be an annual event; details on SteelDay 2010 will be available on the SteelDay website in the coming months.

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For more information contact:
Tasha O'Berski
Communications Department
(312) 670-5439
[email protected]

American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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