Salute to American Steel

Since ancient times, steel has played a vital role in our everyday lives. Steel contains the 26th element on the periodic table, iron. It’s morphed into the backbone of the United States and steel can be found everywhere, from soup can packaging to the car you drive.

Man of Steel
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Steel has shaped American culture in many ways even becoming part of the Superman obsession by making its way into the Man of Steel movie released by Warner Brothers in 2013 and the sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, released earlier this year. Steel has also tapped into America’s favorite sport by influencing the logo of the NFL team the Pittsburgh Steelers. The logo uses the American Iron and Steel Institute’s (AISI) design. It includes three hypocycloids representing the different materials used to produce steel. Yellow symbolizes coal, orange represents ore, and blue signifies scrap steel. The organization even petitioned AISI to change the name inside the logo from Steel to Steelers and is now showcased on the player’s helmets during games.

Steel Steelers


Steel isn’t going away – it’s evolving. Used in 1833 to help build the first skyscraper, the steel industry has developed new, higher grades of steel that use 3% less than 20 years ago helping to contribute to sustainability. Steel even played a vital role in the building of the Golden Gate Bridge in California. If it was built today instead of when construction started in 1933, only half of the 83,000 tons of steel used would be needed now.

More that half of the types of steels present in today’s vehicles didn’t exist 10 years ago and with breakthrough technologies and industry innovations, steel remains the leading material of choice across the board.

What do you know about steel? Test your knowledge with this interactive quiz courtesy of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International

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