October 2011 ACI CNY Newsletter | www.acicny.org

President's Message
by Christopher N. Latreille, P.E.

Thank you to all who attended the seminar by David Biggs on investigating disasters. It is clear that David has seen and experienced many things in his travels.  His work has greatly benefited the engineering community at an international level. Thanks to David for an excellent presentation.

You may have noticed an email a few days ago requesting that you renew your CNY chapter membership. Don’t panic! Our new system automatically prompts everyone to renew their membership on October 1st of each year. I encourage you to renew online using the new chapter website. It takes only moments and offers the convenience of online payment. We have been pleased to see that many have elected to take advantage of this service.

Please also consider being a CNY chapter sponsor. As always, your company logo and contact information will appear on the website, newsletters, and during the presentation portion of the annual awards banquet in April. We also offer the option to bundle your sponsorship with your membership renewal. Feel free to contact Board members with any questions you may have about membership renewal, sponsorship, or the new website.

Our next event is a tour of Nucor Steel Auburn, Inc. You may be asking yourself why a concrete group is touring a steel mill. We often think of concrete and masonry in terms of cement, aggregates, water, etc. and may overlook the fact that steel is a necessary component for reinforced concrete and masonry structures.

A few years ago, we visited Whitacre’s fabrication facility in Liverpool and learned about the various aspects of estimating, detailing, and fabricating reinforcement. I like to think of the Nucor tour as a continuation backwards toward the origin of this important product. Perhaps next year we can visit an iron ore mine somewhere. Please join us on the afternoon of Thursday, October 20th, at Nucor Steel in Auburn. I hope to see you all there!


A Gentle Reminder!

If you have not already done so, please pay your 2011-2012 ACI CNY dues. If you choose to be a sponsor of ACI CNY for an additional $100 per year, your company or organization will be featured on the website and in each newsletter.

$90 Individual
$190 Individual and Sponsor
$165 Corporate (up to 15 members)
$265 Corporate and Sponsor (up to 15 members)

*To renew online, please go to www.acicny.org. Login to the site with your email and password (see the login box at upper left). If you do not have this information, click forgot password. The system will send you an email to set/change your password and login. Once you are logged in, click on view profile in the login box. You will see a button to renew your membership. You can either pay online with a credit card, or you can choose to send in cash or a check.

*Or click here to download and print the membership application form (PDF). 

If you have any questions about renewing your membership, please email Amanda R. Latreille at amalatconsulting@gmail.com.


Special Thanks to
ACI CNY Sponsors!

Click here to see sponsor contact information. New 2011-2012 sponsors will be added to this list soon.


ACI CNY Board Members

Click here to see Board contact information.

President: Christopher N. Latreille, P.E.
Vice President: Greg Novitzki, P.E.
Treasurer: Niel Zuern 
Secretary: Valerie Goettel


Sam Conley
Donald Gresko, P.E.
Tom Hitchings
Gary Markinson
Dan Owens
Rick Roach
Richard Rohrer
Kenneth Tiss


Please Join Us!

Nucor Tour
(with Dinner)

Nucor Steel
Auburn, Inc.
25 Quarry Road
Auburn, NY 13021
Thursday, October 20, 2011

4:00 PM Registration in the Iverson Room
4:15 PM Safety Presentation
4:30 PM Tour of the Mill
6:00 PM Dinner

$35 Member
$45 Non-Member
$15 Student

*Click here to register online - it's quick and easy!

*Or click here to download and print the registration form (PDF).

Registration is due by Friday, October 14, 2011.

Cancellations after 5:00 PM on Monday, October 17, 2011, cannot be honored. Please contact Amanda R. Latreille at amalatconsulting@gmail.com.

History of the mill:

The Auburn Steel Company was originally a joint venture of Kyoei Steel and Ataka & Co., a large Japanese trading firm. Designed as a 150,000-ton-per-year mill, the venture was to originally bring 250 much needed jobs to a city that had unemployment between 40 and 50 percent higher than the state average.

Auburn had lost its largest employers in the International Harvester Company and Firth Carpet Company in previous decades.

The success in luring the Auburn plant was the direct result of the work of the Auburn Industrial Development Authority, which financed a study proving that Auburn had electrical power, water, road and rail access, surplus labor and sufficient supply of scrap to make the small steel mill feasible. At the time, the Authority was granted power by the New York legislature to issue $22 million in tax-exempt bonds for the mill.

In March 1974, the mill opened with its first rolling mill and melt shop. A second rolling mill opened two years later in May of 1976. The Austeel Stars newsletter had this to say about the opening of the second Rolling Mill, “On May 20th, 1976, the first full bar (1 3/8” in diameter, 130 feet long) was delivered to the Cooling Bed from the brand new Auburn Steel."

In 1987, control of the mill transferred to Sumitomo Corp. a Japanese conglomerate and parent corporation of Mazda Distributors Pacific, which had an 80 percent ownership share in the company.

By 1989, the mill had doubled its original founding goal by producing more than 300,000 tons, and was seeking further expansion.

At 25 years old in 1998, the mill had the capacity to produce 1 million tons of steel annually, dwarfing original plans. What had taken 24 hours to produce on the first day of pro­duction now took only an hour. News reports from the day say more than half of the 300 employees had been at the mill for two decades or more. 

On March 19, 2001, Nucor formally announced that it had signed a definitive agreement with Auburn Steel Company, Inc. for the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Aus­teel’s facility in Auburn for approximately $115 million.

At the time, Nucor was building its Vulcraft facility in Chemung, and was looking for a nearby supplier. With the purchase, Nucor Steel Auburn, Inc. was able to provide about 90% of the raw material requirements to Vulcraft of New York, Inc.

Today, Nucor Steel Auburn, Inc. employs 297 teammates, 57 of whom have been with the mill since the 1970s.

Technical article:

Building Green with Reinforced Concrete. Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (PDF)


Save the Dates!
Upcoming ACI CNY Events

September 21st Dinner: Investigating Disasters

October 20th Dinner: Nucor Tour

November 16th Dinner: Thermal Performance of Masonry

January 18th Lunch: U.S. Green Building Code

February 15th Dinner: Alternate Building Envelopes: Concrete Solutions for Low Rise Structures

April 4th Dinner: Awards Banquet


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