Atlas Tube Student Day Event Draws Nearly 100 Engineering Undergraduates

Free Networking Event Gives Students Firsthand Look at Steel Manufacturing

CHICAGO (March 5, 2013) — Atlas Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group, co-hosted its annual DFI Student Day on February 27, 2013, at the Atlas Tube Chicago manufacturing mill. Atlas Tube and the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) welcomed engineering undergraduates for a tour and presentations on the art and science of steel manufacturing.

Nearly 100 engineering students from Purdue University and the University of Illinois at Chicago gathered at the Chicago Atlas Tube mill. The event began with presentations on the topics of steel chemistries, hollow structural sections, pipe piles and geotechnical engineering. Speakers included notable industry professionals Brad Fletcher, structural engineer for Atlas Tube; Marilyn Poindexter, account manager for Atlas Tube; Marv Phillips, corporate metallurgist for Atlas Tube; and keynote speaker Brett Gitskin, geotechnical engineer from ASFE.

“We are thrilled with the turnout for this year’s student day and consider it a great success,” said Chris Ragan, product manager of pipe and piling products for Atlas Tube. “We’re confident our Purdue and UIC guests left with an interest in civil and geotechnical engineering careers, and important insight into the steel pipe piling manufacturing process.”

Following the speeches, students were invited to network with the industry professionals, and distribute their résumés for career and internship opportunities at JMC Steel Group and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). After lunch, students were taken on a 45-minute facility tour to see how 2,400 tons of steel is manufactured at Atlas Tube per day, with first-hand views of structural rounds, squares and rectangular steel products in production.

“With events like Student Day, and other educational initiatives geared toward the next generation of workers, we help to secure our industry’s future and equip engineering undergrads with the knowledge and skills they need to seamlessly integrate into the workforce,” said Ragan. “Atlas Tube and JMC Steel Group are deeply committed to nurturing the next generation of professionals in our industry.”

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Jelani Rucker


About Atlas Tube

Atlas Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group, produces a wide range of steel tubular products and is the leading provider of hollow structural sections (HSS) in North America. Other offerings include HSS Design Tools, straight-seam electric resistance welding (ERW) pipe piling and Epox Z Kote® powder primed tubing. For more information, contact Atlas Tube at 800.733.5683 or Or visit

About JMC Steel Group

JMC Steel Group includes the operating divisions of Atlas Tube, Picoma, Energex Tube, Sharon Tube and Wheatland Tube. It is the largest independent manufacturer of hollow structural sections (HSS) and steel pipe, and the top producer of electrical conduit and elbows, couplings and nipples in North America. JMC Steel Group delivers a broad range of pipe and tube solutions that build its customers’ success. For more information, contact JMC Steel Group at 312.275.1600 or, or visit

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