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Falk PLI, Glenmount Global Solutions, ArcelorMittal up for AMM awards

ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, which is along Lake Michigan, is one of 11 ArcelorMittal facilities in North America that sits along the Great Lakes. ArcelorMittal USA has been nominated for a Steel Excellence Award.

Northwest Indiana-based firms and companies with a footprint in the Region scored nominations for the prestigious American Metal Market Awards for Steel Excellence, which have been described as the Oscars for the steel industry.

Portage-based Falk PLI has been nominated for Best Innovation and for Technology Provider of the Year. Glenmount Global Solutions, based in Portage, also picked up a Technology Provider of the Year nomination for its work with SR-Instruments Oy and ArcelorMittal Global Research.

ArcelorMittal USA was nominated for Best Environmental Responsibility/Stewardship, and the Ports of Indiana was nominated as Logistics/Transportation Provider of the Year. Kenwal Steel Inc., which has a location in Burns Harbor, picked up a nomination for Service Center of the Year, while Carmeuse Lime and Stone North America, which has an operation in Gary, was nominated for Raw Materials/Consumables Provider of the Year.

American Metal Market editors selected all the finalists, and veterans of the steel industry will choose the winners. The steel awards dinner will be June 26 in New York City.

"American Metal Market started in the 1880s, and it's the bible of the metals industry, 40 percent of which is on the lakefront in our backyard," said Jeffrey Mason, vice president of Business Development-Metals for Glenmount Global Solutions.

His company, one of the largest independent engineering and technology services firms in the United States, upgrades and rehabilitates old steel mills across the country.

"We're in there every day, working in all those places," he said. "We can fix them versus building new ones."

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Glenmount Global Solutions was nominated for its work on the Detmaster MRM automatic rollmark detector that immediately detects and alerts operators to costly rollmarks, which is especially helpful with galvanized steel used in cars and must be painted.

ArcelorMittal has installed the technology at two mills in Spain and is considering installing it at its facilities in New Carlisle, Mason said.

"It's an interesting breakthrough," Mason said. "This is a very specialized process. ... This nomination will help get our name on the map outside of the Chicagoland bubble, where we're well-known."

Falk PLI is up for "lifetime achievement awards" for being the first in the world to bring 3D laser technology to steel mills 20 years ago in 1998, which has had a significant impact on companies' bottom lines, Falk PLI President and CEO Mike Falk said.

"It significantly reduced the installation time and the ROI for using this technology typically runs in the orders of magnitude by reducing downtime and quality rejects," he said. "When you look at the cost of implementation versus downtime and quality rejects, our cost is insignificant."

An AMM Award for Steel Excellence nomination means a lot of name recognition, as well as an acknowledgment of accomplishment, Falk said.

"It says a lot about the team we have," he said. "It's a nice benchmark for how far we've gone, and what we're able to achieve."

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.