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In March of 1943, out of an informal exchange of ideas and the need to be recognized as a vital part of the United States economy, the Association of Steel Distributors, Inc. was born. The birth of ASD was a direct response to the Department of Commerce and the War Production Board which asked what "independent” distributors were and what purpose they served. Seven charter members answered those questions by incorporating a non-profit trade association designed primarily to furnish timely information directed at simplifying modern business complexities.

ASD has been at the forefront of the steel industry since its inception.

  • The formative years of the organization were grateful to have four exceptional leaders. Abraham Heinowitz of Eastern Metals Corporation served as the association’s founding president from 1943 to 1945. Successors include Murray I. Cohen from 1945 – 1947; Harold Weinstein from 1947 to 1949; and Louis Goodwin of the Eastern Steel and Metal Company from 1949 to 1951.
  • During the 1950’s, the need for an organization that represented steel distributors was apparent as many individuals became involved with National Advisory Committees that prepared regulations affecting steel distribution.
  • In the 1960’s, as U.S. steel exports began to decrease and foreign imports began to increase, ASD celebrated its 25th anniversary and became a major, functional instrument of service dedicated to the promotion of its member’s interests and the fostering of the highest possible standard of ethics in trade practices.
  • With a diversified membership, ASD continued to expand with a sound leadership through the 60’s and into the 70’s. The strength of ASD was its ability to attack the market of tomorrow, based on what the market had been in the past, in order to deal with the market of today. In this decade, because ASD preserved a policy of hearing all sides of current issues, its meetings, conferences and seminars became sounding boards and testing grounds for information, theories and philosophies that were presented.
  • ASD established a special government relations committee with the specific charge of making sure that ASD’s voice was heard on critical issues in Washington. By forging relationships with steel distributors and policy makers around the country and the world, ASD doubled its membership in five years from 160 members in 1974 to 250 in 1977 with chapters forming in the west and the south.
  • For over 70 years, ASD has kept its members abreast of the latest developments of the steel industry and has fostered a better understanding of the steel distributor, and the role between the steel mill, the steel warehouse and the end user.

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