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Success Stories From Across the Steel Industry

By Camille Grayson
on September 24, 2019

American steel is empowering people across the entire country in a variety of ways. In this blog post, we’re putting four unique success stories under the spotlight to showcase the people who have found inspiration within the industry.

Minneapolis blacksmith improves his community one fire hydrant at a time

Nick Bounds doesn’t make fire hydrants — he makes them work properly. As the city blacksmith in Minneapolis, Bounds is tasked with keeping the city’s hydrants and water mains flowing smoothly. He welds metal tools and replacement parts customized for Minneapolis’ old infrastructure. Bounds takes immense pride in everything he creates, whether it’s a tool used by the city or something that’s buried underground. Read more about how Bounds betters the city one fire hydrant at a time.

Welding cranes and melting stereotypes

Rachel Miller prides herself on going against the grain. Miller, a welder at Gorbel Inc., is one of the few female employees at the facility, something she wears as a badge of honor. She’s faced stereotypes and harassment over the years, but none of those obstacles have stopped her pursuit of a successful career in welding. Check out Miller’s inspiring story.

How a welder turned into an artist

Michael Shane Taylor is a full-time welder who turned an artistic hobby into a full-fledged business. He created his own company, Bright Arc Creations, and now turns scrap metal into decorative pieces and sculptures. The pieces require up to 80 hours of labor per week, but it’s a challenge that Taylor embraces. See how he transforms metal into beautiful pieces of art.

Building an ironclad business with an iron will

Becoming a welder was a no-brainer for Dianna Montague, who dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. But when it came to creating a successful business, Montague didn’t have a blueprint. The founder of Iron Lady Enterprises faced plenty of challenges during the early stages. However, she took her business to the next level by relying on relentless determination. Find out how Montague built and grew her successful steel business.

These incredible stories demonstrate the impact the American steel industry has on its workers. Now, we want to hear from you! Like us on Facebook and tell us your American steel success stories!