MAY 2012

Memorial Fund accepts proposals for industry safety and health

The Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) and the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation have partnered to commemorate the life and industry service of Don B. Daily by establishing the Don B. Daily Memorial Fund.

Daily was a compassionate man who truly cared about the safety of all employees working in the steel industry. His enduring mark on the steel industry of North America has been the establishment of numerous safety and health initiatives that have significantly improved the workplace.

Daily was the president of Gallatin Steel when he passed away unexpectedly in 2009. He was an ardent safety activist for the steel industry, and was an active participant in both AIST and the SMA, most recently serving as SMA chairman from 2006 to 2008.

The Don B. Daily Memorial Fund challenges North American university teams (students and professors) to submit proposals for grant funding in the theme area of safety and health awareness within the steel manufacturing industry. The dual objective of the fund is to promote a safe workplace for the steel manufacturing industry, and to increase the number of students studying health and safety awareness relative to the manufacturing environment.

Richard Teets, president and COO – steel operations for Steel Dynamics Inc. and current chair of the Don B. Daily Memorial Fund Committee and SMA board member, stated, “We will never stop looking to improve the health and safety of our workforce in the steel industry, and this grant represents an opportunity for university professors and students to work directly with steel companies to find better solutions. The grant recipients from our 2011 inaugural year will present their safety projects at upcoming AIST and SMA events this year, and we anticipate more qualified proposals from academia as awareness of the funding opportunity increases.”

Completed proposals must be submitted electronically, via e-mailed PDF to by June 30, 2012.