This steel industry leader has turned
around its culture, buoying its business in
the U.S. Now the company is looking for
investors to help it grow in the future.
“When you’re making line pipe for the transmission of oil
and gas in the ground of our country and through our
neighborhoods, it can’t just be good. Every aspect of
every piece of pipe must be absolutely perfect.”
From the specifications and pressure a pipe can handle to
the pipe’s appearance and adherence to code, President
and Chief Executive Officer of JSW Steel (USA), John
Hritz, knows there is no cutting corners when producing
products that keep this country running.
As Hritz stated, nothing short of perfect will do. That’s
why over the last year Hritz and his leadership team have
put into place new strategies for company culture and
operations. Today, the biggest energy companies in the
country approve JSW Steel’s products and performance.
But that wasn’t the reality before Hritz joined the company
early in 2015. JSW Steel’s parent company, The Jindal
Group in India, founded its American operations in 2007.
The market conditions for steel production in the U.S.
have moved between good and bad since JSW Steel
was established, and the last few years have been
particularly tough. And while business was going fairly
well, big energy companies did not approve JSW Steel
(USA) for certain work.