SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) announced today that Chuck Schmitt, president of SSAB Americas, is the 2016 recipient of the Gary Memorial Medal—the industry’s highest honor. Schmitt, the Institute’s immediate past chairman, was recognized with the award during AISI’s 124th General Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In presenting the award, John Ferriola, incoming AISI chairman and chairman, president and CEO of Nucor, said, “On behalf of the Institute, I’m honored to present this distinguished Gary Memorial Medal to Chuck. Chuck has been an outspoken leader in his year at the helm of AISI. He has helped raise the profile on trade, energy, and keeping steel the backbone of the manufacturing sector. He is tremendously deserving of this award, and of the gratitude of all of us in the industry.”
The medal’s inscription reads: “For his outstanding leadership in representing the critical public policy interests of the Institute and American manufacturing in a period of tremendous challenge; [and] for his unwavering commitment of time and energy to matters that will impact the future of the North American steel industry, the Institute and the people we support and serve to keep our vital industry strong.”
Schmitt served as chairman of the AISI Board of Directors from May 2015-May 2016 and chaired a number of board-level committees. He was elected to the AISI Board of Directors in 2011. He will remain as an officer of the AISI Board for another year.
In addition to the Gary Award, Ferriola presented the “Associate Member of the Year” award to Bill Rackoff, CEO of ASKO, Inc., for his dedication to the U.S. steel industry as an AISI Associate Member. The plaque inscription reads: “The American Iron and Steel Institute, on behalf of the Board of Directors and the membership, is pleased to award this citation for Associate Member of the Year to Bill Rackoff of ASKO, Inc for his commitment to the engagement of the steel industry in advocacy with policymakers, and his dedication to growing the AISI Associate Member program.”
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